Seeking protection: addressing sexual and domestic violence in Tanzania's refugee camps

Seeking protection: addressing sexual and domestic violence in Tanzania's refugee camps

Insuffient measures taken by UNHCR to address violence against women in Tanzanian refugee camps

Documents UNHCR's and the Tanzanian host government's failure to address violence against women refugees in a timely and effective manner, despite ample evidence that women's lives were in danger in their homes and in the general camp community.

Recommendations:

  • UNHCR needs to ensure a more institutionalised response if it is to address consistently and effectively the protection needs of refugee women from the start of an emergency
  • UNHCR guidelines on the protection of refugee women and the prevention of sexual violence must be more speedily and consistently implemented in all refugee situations, and unhcr staff and those of its partner organisations should be fully apprised of, and trained in, their content
  • UNHCR must address the protection gap for victims of domestic violence and design and implement concrete policy guidelines for its staff on how to prevent and respond to the problem of domestic violence

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