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Gender and Forced Displacement: Practical Issues and Challenges at Field Level

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This article by Miranda Gaanderse provides a view on the gendered refugee experience from the perspective of a humanitarian worker. Gaanderse responds to the articles presented in this issue and highlights their common focus on sexual and gender-based violence and evolving gender roles and power relations among displaced communities. Although guidelines, policies, and standard operating procedures exist, humanitarian workers face practical challenges in the field, which necessitate strategies particular to each situation that provide for the unique experiences of men and women, boys and girls in varied cultural contexts. Gaanderse contends that for positive change in gender equality to be lasting, it cannot be externally imposed, but must come from within.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2013

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  • The St Antony's International Review (STAIR) is the only peer-reviewed journal of international affairs at the University of Oxford. Set up by graduate students of St Antony's College in 2005, the Review has carved out a distinctive niche as a cross-disciplinary outlet for research on the most pressing contemporary global issues, providing a forum in which emerging scholars can publish their work alongside established academics and policymakers. Past contributors include Robert O. Keohane, James N. Rosenau, and Alfred Stepan.
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