Spring 2014: Sexual and Gender Based Violence against Syrian Refugees
So much of what more fortunate people take for granted is denied the refugee who is often bereft of the most basic needs: clean water, a healthy diet, decent shelter, fundamental human services such as basic medical care or education. Privacy for essential hygiene is a basic human need. Each boy or girl, man or woman deserves, but is often denied, a fundamental respect for the dignity of his or her persons. In each of the IIS workshops, concerns were regularly expressed for the sexual or gender based violence that was often inflicted on refugees, especially when they suffered arrest of detention but also simply in the course of their daily struggles.
The May 2014 workshop was organized to examine the scope of the sexual violence problem, as well as to offer programmatic remedies. Responding to the requests and preferences of many of the participants, the May workshop was organized as an off-the-record event. Thus, the highly qualified participants are identified neither by name or affiliation. An executive summary prepared by Louise Klann may be downloaded here.
IIS was especially grateful for the co-sponsorship of the Boston Consortium on Arab Region Studies (BCARS) and the Boston University Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations (ISMSC). The workshop was hosted by the Boston University Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA).
Read background information from the first refugee workshop.