Women, Gender and Diversity

For the most comprehensive collection of resources on gender inequality and women, please see RefWorld on Gender Inequality and Women.

For the most comprehensive collection of resources on children, please see RefWorld on Children.

There you will find an extensive collection of regularly updated legal, policy, and operational materials.

See below for the most relevant links about immigration detention in the Asia Pacific region:

Legal Instruments

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1979)

Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (1993)

Handbooks, Toolkits and Guidelines

Compilation of Resources, Documents and Useful Links on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) by UNHCR

Working with Refugees Engaged in Sex Work: A Guidance Note for Humanitarians

UNHCR, Handbook for the Protection of Women and Girls (2008)

Guidelines on International Protection n.1: Gender-Related Persecution within the context of Article 1A (2) of the 1951 Convention and/or its 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees (May 2002)

These Guidelines provide substantive and procedural guidance on the determination of refugee status of individuals on the basis of their gender identity.

UNHCR, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence against Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons – Guidelines for Prevention and Response (May 2003)

UNHCR, Tool for Participatory Assessment in Operations (2006)

This tool aims at building partnerships with refugee women and men of all ages and backgrounds by promoting participation through discussions on specific protection risks they face.

Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, Advocacy Toolkit for Immigrant and Refugee Women (March 2010)

This toolkit seeks to build capacity for NGOs and individuals to advocate on national issues relevant to immigrant and refugee women.

Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), Gender equality in Humanitarian Action Handbook (2006)

This Handbook aims to provide field practitioners with guidance on gender analysis, planning and actions to ensure that the needs, contributions and capacities of women, girls, boys and men are considered in all aspects of humanitarian response.

Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), Guidelines for Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings 

These Guidelines provide humanitarian actors with a set of minimum interventions in all sectors to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.

Reproductive Health Response in Conflict (RHRC) Consortium, Gender-based Violence Tools Manual

This manual aims at improving international and local capacity to address gender-based violence (GBV) in refugee, internally displaced, and post-conflict settings

Reports and Publications

Gender Audit reports

A new era for girls: Taking stock on 25 years of progress for girls

Summary Report and Gender Audit of the 2012 UNHCR Annual NGO Consultations

Refugee Survey Quarterly (Vol. 29, No. 2)

This edition is devoted to gender equality and refugee women.

UNHCR, Survivors, Protectors, Providers: Refugee Women Speak Out (2011)

This report summarizes a series of dialogues with over 1,000 refugee, asylum-seeking and internally displaced women and girls in seven locations around the world.

UNHCR, Dialogues with Refugee Women (2013)

This report sets out the progress that UNHCR staff, partners and displaced women and girls have made in follow up to the Dialogues with refugee women organized between 2010-2011.

UNHCR/Women’s Commission/ Sonke Gender Justice Network, Engaging Men and boys in Refugee Settings to address Sexual and Gender Based Violence (2008)

This is the report from a workshop that was organized to raise awareness of the need to engage men and boys, to look at successful models for such engagement, and to develop country-level strategies for strengthening the engagement of men and boys to end sexual and gender-based violence.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Conclusion on Women and Girls at Risk (2006)

This conclusion recognizes that the identification of women and girls at risk can present particular challenges because women and girls are often less visible in displaced populations than men and boys. It calls on UNHCR and States to adopt prevention strategies, individual responses and solutions.

Lovell M., Tran T and Chi D. Nguyen, Refugee women: lives in transition (2007)

This article explores the cultural background contributing to the unique pressure on women refugees from Southeast Asia as they attempt to acculturate to life in the West. 

APRRN WAGAR Training of the Trainers Report (2013)

This report provides a summary of the Training of the Trainers workshop that the Women and Girls at Risk Working Group of APRRN organised in 2012.

Useful links

Women’s Refugee Commission


Network of Immigrant and Refugee Women Australia (NIRWA)

Centre for Refugee Research, Focus: Women at Risk