Originally published: 02.08.15
Ever thought about women migrants in the Calais migrant situation?
All the migrants and refugees in Calais come from countries beyond Europe, such as Syria, Afghanistan and Sudan.
The women migrants/refugees in Calais are mainly from Eritrea. The government there is considered to have one of the worst human rights records in the world. Such is the scale of the state’s abuses that more than 5,000 people leave the country every month. Women, as in many cultures, suffer particular and horrific gendered oppression (FGM, forced marriage, rape, sexual abuse in the military) from which they try to escape and seek asylum.
Female migrants/refugees then suffer particular gendered hardships on the journey to escape state and societal oppression.
Read more Calais: Migration and Asylum IS a feminist issue.