Seeking asylum in western industrialised states has traditionally been associated with young, single men. As a result, women have at times been rendered effectively invisible within the male dominated discourse on asylum law and policy. In recent years however, more attention has been given to issues specifically affecting women refugees and asylum seekers.

While women may claim asylum for the same reasons as men, research has demonstrated that women’s experiences of persecution are often different to those of men. Women, for example, are more likely to flee from gender-specific forms of persecution: sexual violence, marital rape, domestic violence, female genital mutilation, forced abortion or sterilisation.

The briefing, written in 2007, aims to complement ICAR’s Navigation Guide on Women Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the UK , which provides a broader overview of this subject.


Last Updated: 26/01/10


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