UNSCR 1325 and Beyond: A Needs-based Analysis of Women and Girls in the Dzaleka Refugee Camp

Final project
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Gender and Migration, Women and Girls
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Supervisors: Giti Chandra


Refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons are subject to a range of complex and intersectional issues that emanate from conflict. International laws and instruments fill the gaps in the areas where domestic laws fail to either protect displaced persons or asylum seekers against human rights abuses. It is therefore essential to use any available strategy to ensure the protection of displaced persons especially women and girls who are usually at a greater risk. My thesis´ focus is on the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 which addresses the unique impact of war on women but fails to implement specific and tailored strategies for women and girls in refugee camps in host countries to which they fled. The paper further builds a yielding relationship between the UNSCR 1325 with the Comprehensive Refugee Framework Response which is tailored for countries that host many refugees and how both frameworks complement each other as they address in their own capacity issues that the other overlooks. The paper analyses the development of the National Action Plan for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Malawi and explores linkages with the Dzaleka Refugee camp.