Women and girls in three very different refugee sites – in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, and on the Thai-Burma border – are using their skills, knowledge and experience as “first responders” and being recognised as key to assisting other women and girls facing the COVID-19 pandemic.
The status of statelessness can easily be defined in a few words, but the fragility of being stateless, and the consequences one confronts as a result of it, can be really difficult to comprehend.
Like thousands of Rohingya, I was born to stateless parents in Arakan State, Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Statelessness was all I knew, from the day I was born. We weren't aware of the basic human rights which should have been our birthright but from which we were excluded.