Addressing Sexual Violence Against Refugee Women Community Event
For our project, Addressing Sexual Violence Against Refugee Women, we have been training professionals across different disciplines to identify and support refugee and asylum-seeking women (RAS women) who may have experienced a range of sexual and other gender-based violence. We have also been holding a series of public and community events to share our findings and ideas, and learning about RAS women's experiences with a range of stakeholders.
We are holding the final community event on 18th April 2018 between 12:30 and 2:30 at 7G1 (lunch provided at 12:30 in 7G3).
This will take the form of a workshop coordinated by Dr Geetanjali Gangoli & Dr Lis Bates (CGVR, University of Bristol), aimed at building a network of local professionals interested in this issue. The event is aimed at practitioners, policy makers, and academics working in the area of sexual and gender based violence and/or RAS women and communities.
More info on the project:
A hidden effect of refugee crises in Europe and beyond is the large-scale sexual and gender-based violence experienced by women. From rape as a weapon of war, sexual violence in transit camps, forced prostitution and marriage, trafficking, through to continued exposure to domestic violence, sexual violence or FGM in the destination country, many thousands of refugee and asylum-seeking women are affected. The impact of sexual violence often goes unnoticed, with responses focused on women’s immediate needs, professionals ill-equipped to ask about experiences, and women traumatised or ashamed to speak of it.
Funded by the EU, the University of Bristol, with partners in Italy, Greece and Spain, have been training professionals working with refugee and asylum-seeking women to identify their needs and better support them.