People Involved: UNSW team - Adjunct Associate Professor Eileen Pittaway, Dr Linda Bartolomei, Effie Mitchell, Geraldine Doney and Rachel Tan (Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network).
The UNSW team is working with a team of women from diverse refugee backgrounds: Shaza Al-Rihwwi, Azizah Noor, Apajok Biar, Hafsa Tameesuddin, Sitarah Mohammadi, Foni Vuni, Najeeba Wazefadost and Andrea Ayala.
Research Areas: Refugee women and girls, International Law and Policy, Gender, Advocacy
Other partners and collaborators: UNHCR Geneva, Australian National Committee on Refugee Women (ANCORW), and Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN).
A gender audit assesses the extent to which gender and other diversity issues and concerns are addressed and reflected in policies, programs, structures, proceedings and decision-making processes.Gender audits can the be used to identify strengths and gaps in processes and planning, in relation to their potential to contribute to the achievement of gender equality. Identified strengths can be built upon, and identified gaps can highlight areas for strategies and action to support and strengthen a gender focus.
A team from the UNSW Forced Migration Research Network, working alongside women from diverse refugee backgrounds, has undertaken a gender audit approach to support the development of strong gender focus in the development and implementation of the Global Compact of Refugees. This gender audit process documents the discussion of AGD and SGBV, with a particular focus on women and girls, in each meeting involving Member States, United Nation Agencies, Civil society and other actors and combines the findings into a comprehensive report with recommendations.
The gender audit has been funded and supported by UNHCR Geneva:
- Gender Audit of the 2017/2018 Thematic Meetings and High Commissioner’s Dialogue which informed the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) (Completed — The Gender Audit of the 2017 thematic. discussions for the draft Compact on Refugees and the 2017 High Commissioner’s Dialogue was extremely successful and contributed to the inclusion of a strong AGD and SGBV focus, with particular commitments to women and girls in the final document. The final reports are available in the dropdown.
- Gender Audit of the 2019 preparatory meetings for the Global Refugee Forum to take place 17th – 19th December 2019. Check the dropdown for more information.
The initial gender audit informed the development of a 3.5 year project to support implementation and monitoring of the gender commitments in the GCR in five countries in the Asia pacific: Refugee Women: Key to the Global Compact on Refugees. This action research project is funded by the Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and provides additional resource support to the work of the Gender Audit team.