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date: 15 October 2019

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This chapter examines the treatment of gender within the forced migration context. It addresses the gendered harms that occur through displacement and the gendered consequences for individuals, families and communities of displacement. It critiques the international community’s response to entrenched gender problems when responding to the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and addresses the marginalization of gender as a relevant framework of analysis and practice for refugees and IDP’s. It shows the strengths as well as the fundamental flaws of existing gender analyses in refugee policy. The chapter suggests that a more comprehensive gender-sensitive approach can shift the paradigm of refugee protection more broadly, leading to greater protection for men and women fleeing persecution.

Keywords: international community, refugee, refugee policy, gender, forced migration, internally displaced persons

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