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Gender-based violence in the refugee camps in Cox Bazar: -A case study of Rohingya women’s and girls’ exposure to gender-based violence
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Rohingya, an ethnic minority group that traditionally have lived in Rakhine State, Myanmar, are facing severe structural discrimination from the Myanmar state. Rohingya women and girls have experienced horrific acts of gender-based violence from the Myanmar army in Rakhine State before they fled to Bangladesh and the refugee camps in Cox Bazar area. In these refugee camps gender-based violence continues to be widespread, much like other refugee camps in other parts of the world. Rohingya women and girls are vulnerable because of their gender, refugee status and ethnic affiliation. In addition they become even more vulnerable because family and community structures have broken down. These intersecting vulnerabilities make them exposed to gender-based violence from a number of different perpetrators. In addition these intersecting vulnerabilities lead to a lack of access to sexual and reproductive health services. Overall the humanitarian organisations operating in Cox Bazar did not manage to deliver these sexual and reproductive health services to the amount of Rohingya women and girls that needed them. Although gender-based violence was identified to be widespread in the refugee camps preventive measures were few. The unequal power relationships are identified as an underpinning reason for gender-based violence. In addition, the underlying causes of gender-based violence are connected with beliefs, norms, attitudes and structures that promote and/or tolerate gender-based discrimination and unequal power relationships.

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2018.
Keywords [en]
Rohingya, Myanmar, Burma, Rakhine, gender-based violence, sexual exploitation, trafficking, survival sex, prostitution, refugee camps, SRHR
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-353891OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-353891DiVA, id: diva2:1219686
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International Humanitarian Action
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Master Programme in Humanitarian Action and Conflict
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Available from: 2018-06-21 Created: 2018-06-17 Last updated: 2018-06-21Bibliographically approved

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