Protection for Women Refugees in Europe: From Arrival to AsylumRachael Reilly, Geneva RepresentativeMarch 3, 2016 Research. Rethink. Resolve.
Assessment: GBV on the Refugee Route Greece Macedonia Serbia Slovenia Germany Sweden
Research. Rethink. Resolve. Women and Girls at High Risk of Violence Transactional sex Domestic violence Rape Sexual harassment Physical assault Trafficking
Response Does Not Protect Women and Girls Hastily constructed transit and reception centers have no standard guidelines to meet the needs of women and girls.
Policy Trends Exacerbate the Risks • Tightened borders • Delayed family reunification
Progress is Possible Blue Dots: cross border case management
Recommendations • Ensure standard practices at all transit and reception centers: • GBV experts • GBV-specific services • Access to sexual and reproductive health services • Safe spaces for women and girls • Referral mechanisms
Recommendations Utilize civil society organizations with GBV expertise to mitigate the risks and respond to survivors.
Recommendations Ensure information is provided throughout the route in languages understood by refugees to reduce dependence on opportunists. Deploy female interpreters.
Recommendations Strengthen access to asylum and family reunification.
Final Thoughts As borders close across Europe, women and girls are left stranded in unsafe conditions and face an increasingly dangerous route that is ill-equipped to protect them.
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