Insufficient protection for women and girls seeking refuge in Germany
Germany is failing to meet its legal obligations to protect refugee women and girls from discrimination. This is the conclusion of a “shadow report” by the University of Göttingen, the Pro Asyl association and the refugee councils of Bavaria, Hesse, Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. Shadow reports are a useful tool for presenting important information alongside official government reports. Based on current research results and a survey of 65 women’s counseling centers, psychosocial counseling centers and institutions working with refugees from the 16 federal states, the study concludes that Germany does not protect adequately refugee women and girls and does not meet the requirements of Istanbul law. Convention.
“The Istanbul Convention – also known as the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence – has been in force in Germany for over two years. Explains Professor Sabine Hess, migration researcher from the University of Göttingen. “With its ratification, the Federal Republic of Germany has undertaken to protect women against all forms of violence, regardless of their residence status, to contribute to the elimination of discrimination against them and to promote their equality and their rights.
The authors of the report criticize the situation in Germany. In particular, they highlight: long periods of time in refugee detention centers; the lack of protection strategies against violence in these camps; the lack of expertise vis-à-vis those vulnerable and affected by violence; inadequate health care for women and girls as well as inadequate counseling and support structures.
“The German government is seriously failing to meet its legal obligations under the Istanbul Convention to protect women and girls from violence, regardless of their residency status,” Hess said. “On the contrary, the recent tightening of German asylum and residence law is categorically at odds with the concept of protection against violence. It is absolutely essential that action be taken to change this.
The full report is available in English and German here: https: /
Professor Sabine Hess
University of Göttingen
Institute of Cultural Anthropology / European Ethnology
Heinrich Düker Weg 14, 37073 Göttingen, Germany
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