When people are forced to leave their home countries and become refugees, do women experience displacement differently from men? How does humanitarian programming account for these differences? Gender is not considered often enough in studies of migrants and refugees — so in 2022 the Women’s Rights, Human Rights and Refugees Program of the Edward P. Djerejian Center for the Middle East brought scholars together at the American University in Cairo’s Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, asking them to share their research on how gender and displacement intersect, and how policies toward displaced individuals account for gender. Their work revealed that while displacement can create gender-specific hardships or worsen existing inequalities, it can also create new opportunities and transform gender relations.
A panel of Houston-based experts — including women who have experienced displacement — introduced this work at the Baker Institute and discussed how men and women experience displacement differently in the U.S., as well as how policies can better account for gender. Read the full set of briefs on this topic in our online research library.
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5:30 pm — Reception
6:00 pm — Presentation
Kelsey Norman, Ph.D.
Fellow for the Middle East; Director, Women's Rights, Human Rights and Refugees Program, Baker Institute
Women’s Empowerment Group Assistant, Refugee Services, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Afghan Support Specialist, Refugee Services, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Women’s Empowerment Liaison, Refugee Services, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston