Editor’s Note: This post was originally published by Refugee Law Project on 30 July 2019 at 15:05hrs.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We welcome you from a well-deserved weekend from which we believe you took a moment outside the routine bustle to rest, and also reflect on your contribution in securing refugee-host relations. From Refugee Law Project, we are pleased to share a thought-provoking blog written by Layet Busena, one of our Community Interpreters based at Kiryandongo Field Office.
Titled “Limited Community Interpretation Affects Women’s Participation in Refugee Settlements”, this blog questions why women’s rights activists and their decades-long advocacy for inclusion of women and girls in development is yet to realise substantial results in the context of refugee women in protracted displacements. In explicating her argument, the author reflects upon and questions why amidst emphasis and investments on ‘Participation’ and ‘Empowerment’, the lived realities for many vulnerable refugee women remain far from convincing.
The blog cites examples of women brought into social spaces including trainings and community events simply to demonstrate numerical and representative participation but with little effort made to address pertinent issues which affect uptake of information – including an absence of interpreters to facilitate communication!
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