Combating Gender Based Violence during Conflict: The Case of Rohingya Refugees

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A Research Futures webinar with Tonny Kirabira

  • 01 April 2020
  • 3 min read

Hosted by Tonny Kirabira


In periods of mass conflict, women often become targets of human rights violations and gender-based violence. This presentation discusses Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the context of the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Their experiences reveal the significance of gender-sensitive approaches to forced migration. Yet, by virtue of their statelessness, Rohingya have no standing to seek for justice before national authorities. The discussion is primarily based on international human rights and humanitarian law standards. Nonetheless, it acknowledges the relevance of multidisciplinary approaches. A brief discussion is made on the current situation, based on empirically grounded studies. Furthermore, the discussion highlights the latest challenges towards GBV protection mechanism, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Overall, it makes a scholarly connection between forced migration and GBV.

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