Assessing the impacts of COVID-19 on women refugees in South Africa. 

Author:

Mutambara, V.M., Crankshaw, T.L. and Freedman, J.,

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Date:

2021

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Gender and Pandemics

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English

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Full Harvard Reference:

Mutambara, V.M., Crankshaw, T.L. and Freedman, J., (2021). Assessing the impacts of COVID-19 on women refugees in South Africa. Journal of Refugee Studies. pp. 1-18.

Refugees have been shown to be particularly negatively impacted in many countries as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Existing structures of violence and insecurity has worsened by the immediate consequences of the pandemic through policy responses which largely ignore their needs whether by excluding them from targeted COVID-19 mitigation measures, or by imposing restrictions which directly impact on their well-being. Illustrated through the experiences of refugee women in Durban, South Africa, the paper identifies that COVID-19 has exacerbated their insecurities and intensified structural violence which renders them vulnerable.