Trapped by Inequality

Bhutanese Refugee Women in Nepal

Authored by: Nisha Varia

Categories: Human Rights
Sub-Categories: Migration, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health
Country: Bhutan, Nepal
Region: South and Central Asia
Year: 2003
Citation: Varia, Nisha. Trapped by Inequality: Bhutanese Refugee Women in Nepal. New York: Human Rights Watch, 2003.

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Bhutanese women who are living as refugees in Nepal, many for more than a decade, confront not only the hardship of life in refugee camps but also the injustice of gender-based violence and discrimination. Refugee women and girls have reported rape, sexual assault, polygamy, trafficking, domestic violence, and child marriage in the camps. Women suffering domestic violence are unable to obtain safety or their full share of humanitarian aid because of discriminatory refugee registration procedures and inadequate protection measures. This report is based on interviews with 112 refugees in the following camps in Jhapa and Morang districts of southeastern Nepal during March and April 2003.