Constructing ‘modern gendered civilised’ women and men: gender-mainstreaming in refugee camps
MetadataShow full item record
JournalGender & Development
Document typeJournal article
DescriptionGender mainstreaming in humanitarian programmes with forced migrants is based on a belief that such an approach will lead to greater gender equality, while raising the status of women through their 'empowerment'. In this article, I focus on the activities of international and local humanitarian organisations in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. I argue that the concepts of 'gender' and 'women' are often over-simplified and essentialised in gender mainstreaming, and this results in programmes which not only exacerbate gender asymmetries, but may also place women at risk. We want to hear your views on Gender & Development. Please take our <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Gender-and-Development-TFO" target="_blank">online survey</a>. This article is hosted by our co-publisher Taylor & Francis. For the full table of contents for this and previous issues of this journal, please visit the <a href="http://www.genderanddevelopment.org">Gender and Development</a> website.