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women, health, domestic abuse, refugees & immigration




Refugee women of the Middle East North Africa (MENA) Region are exposed to violence in a variety of ways along their refugee journey. Once within refugee camps, refugee women face high risk spaces for violence, inhibited privacy, as well as unequal gender based power relations between themselves and predominantly male staff. Outside of refugee camps, lack of and improper implementation of cross-border policies allow trafficking networks, authority figures, and other perpetrators of GBV to harm refugee women without fear of repercussions. Victims of GBV can experience a variety of short and long term physical and mental health concerns that can affect them even after they have left their origin country and refugee camp. Victims of GBV can also experience social stigmatization where they can be outcasted, shamed, and blamed by members in their community. As a way to prevent and assist victims of gender based violence (GBV). an organization based in Turkey called Support to Life has implemented a project to help Syrian refugee women learn and understand their rights as women in order to stop cycles of GBV in their lives.