Creating a safe haven for Rohingya women in Bangladesh

In August 2017, a military crackdown on ethnic Rohingyas in Myanmar caused more than 700 000 people to flee into neighbouring Bangladesh. Rohingya women — who make up more than half of the refugee population — continue to face daily risks and hardship within the settlements they now live in. An EU-funded programme wants to change that.

It is not safe for women, especially girls and young women, to venture out independently as they face higher risk of being harassed or attacked. © KM Asad
Structural gender inequalities means life is harder for many women and girls, who make up more than half of the total refugee population (source: JRP 2018) in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. © KM Asad
Traditionally, women are responsible for a number of arduous domestic tasks, including preparing firewood for cooking. © KM Asad
Rohingya women attend a session at an EU-funded women and girls friendly space in Jamtoli camp, Cox’s Bazar. This centre is one of very few places they can talk and feel relaxed. © EU 2018 (photo by Mallika Panorat)



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