Pathways to refugee protection for women: victims of violence or genuine lesbians?

Dustin, Moira (2022) Pathways to refugee protection for women: victims of violence or genuine lesbians? Refugee Survey Quarterly. ISSN 1020-4067

[img] PDF - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (358kB)

Abstract

Failures in UK decision-making for women seeking protection from gender-based violence vary depending on the claimant’s (purported) sexuality. These failures are attributable, at least in part, to the application of the particular social group Refugee Convention ground which channels claims along two distinct pathways: one path, for women assumed to be straight, focuses on the violence that threatens them; in contrast, for lesbian and bisexual women, the focus is on their sexuality. In either case, the claimant’s autonomy and individuality is eclipsed, but different stereotypes come into play depending on her (imputed) sexuality. This article argues that greater use of the political opinion Convention ground, and a holistic, rights-based approach would improve refugee status determination for all women, regardless of their sexuality.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2022 14:30
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2022 14:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/106775

View download statistics for this item

📧 Request an update