PhD candidate Tina Dixson to join Forced Migration Research Network
Currently, we are seeing the largest number of people on the move, fleeing persecution, war and violence. UNHCR estimates that 65.6 million are displaced out of which 22.5 million are people from refugee background. Women and girls constitute 50% of the total number of all displaced people. They are 50% of all other groups seeking safety like LGBTI, people with disability, older people etc. They are 50% of the world’s potential, yet their needs in their journeys, displacement, transit or resettlement are not met. Women are subjected to sexual and gender-based violence at a much higher rate, deprived adequate healthcare and reproductive rights, are silenced and removed from the decision making. Lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are subjected to a double if not triple stigma, exclusion and violence having no safety in their countries or even families.
Women are not inherently vulnerable, but they are placed in the vulnerable situations by systematic oppression and discrimination. It is time that the special needs of women and girls are recognized, reflected in the policy, services and funding, and fully met.
With varied responses across the worlds, in 2016 historic New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants has been announced with the aim to protect those who are forced to flee and support the countries that shelter them recognising that these are shared international responsibilities that must be borne more equitably and predictably.
Subsequently, UNHCR has been given a task to develop “a global compact on refugees” aimed to strengthen the international response to large movements, reception, hosting and resettlement of people fleeing persecution, war and violence. As a part of the process in 2017 UNHCR is hosting a number of thematic consultations with UN Member States, NGOs, academics, experts, advocacy groups as well as the High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges in order to collect best practices, approaches and solutions for people from refugee backgrounds.
Tina Dixson has been selected as a women’s representative from Australia to join the team of the Forced Migration Research Network to undertake gender audit in UNHCR in preparation to the Global Compacts on Refugees. Tina will be participating to the second and third thematic discussions on measures in regard to large movements and meeting the needs on communities, as well as to the High Commissioner’s dialogue in Geneva.
Her role will involve the gender audit of documents and production of final reports making sure that special needs of women and girls are recognized and met in the Global Compact of Refugees and the Platform for Action. The overall aim of the gender audit is to obtain the greatest impact possible for women and girls forced to flee their homes in the search of safety.
Tina is a PhD Candidate at the Institute for Social Justice writing her thesis on the lived experienced of queer refugee women.