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Refugees and 'host communities' facing gender-based violence: developing an area-based approach to gender-based violence around Mbera Camp, Mauritania

Refugees and 'host communities' facing gender-based violence: developing an area-based approach to gender-based violence around Mbera Camp, Mauritania
15 pages

Authors
Martín González, Olga

Editors
Sweetman, Caroline
Journal
Gender & Development Volume 24 Issue 3 Working on gender equality in fragile contexts

Publication date
09 Nov 2016

DOI
10.1080/13552074.2016.1233669

Publisher
Oxfam GB
Routledge

Type
Journal article

The article analyses the impact of fragility and conflict on women’s and girls’ rights in eastern Mauritania, comparing the experience of Malian refugees living in Mbera Camp with the situation of women and girls outside the camp. Both experience extreme insecurity in everyday life: in addition to the economic need they endure alongside men and boys, women and girls have gender-specific protection needs. Gender inequality causes and perpetuates insecurity and violence in contexts of food insecurity and social upheaval. The article focuses on gender-based violence. It is designed to contribute to debates on integrating a gender perspective into humanitarian and development programming in a coherent manner which meets the needs of both refugee and non-refugee ‘host’ communities in an area, to work more strategically and build sustainable and peaceful solutions.

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