Women at risk summary

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Refugee women at risk are survivors, protectors and providers. They are subject to severe and systematised human rights abuses at all stages of their journey to find refuge. Some are brutally raped and suffer endemic sexual and gender based violence. Many women and girls are forced to engage in survival sex in order to feed themselves and their families. They often bear one or more children of rape. Many are without the protection of family and community. Single women and widows are often targeted for rape and forced marriage. They suffer rejection, isolation and are at heightened risk of ongoing abuse. Many live in a constant state of insecurity and fear.

This report was presented at the Women at Risk forum in July 2014, hosted by SSI.