On the 24 November 2017, the Kaldor Centre hosted its fourth annual conference ‘The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration’. This podcast is a presentation by Dr Linda Bartolomei and Associate Professor Eileen Pittaway, School of Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney. The presentation is entitled 'Refugee women and girls in the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework'.
A full program, along with conference papers and presentations, can be found here.
About the Speaker
Linda Bartolomei is the immediate past Director of the UNSW Centre for Refugee Research, a co-founder of the recently established Forced Migration Research Network and a senior lecturer in Social Work and International Development at UNSW Sydney. Since 2002, Dr Bartolomei has been involved in a series of research projects exploring the challenges associated with identifying and responding to refugee women and girls at risk in camps and urban settings across the world. This has involved research in multiple sites across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and in Australia. The results have had a significant impact on research and policy and were instrumental in the introduction of the UNHCR Conclusion on the Protection of Women and Girls at Risk in 2006 and the implementation of the Heightened Risk Identification Tool. Since 2001, she has co-convened several major international refugee conferences, the most recent in February 2017, and made regular presentations of research reports at UNHCR Geneva. Her research work has contributed to policy development in the areas of women at risk, community development and responses to protracted refugee situations. Her current funded research includes projects exploring understandings of human rights in the context of refugee settlement, and refugee participation and community development in the urban context of New Delhi, India.
Eileen Pittaway was Director of the Centre for Refugee Research, UNSW, and Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences and International Studies from 1999 to 2013. She now continues her research activities and involvement with UNSW in an honorary capacity. Her major focus has been the prevention of and response to the rape, sexual abuse and gender-based violence experienced by refugee women at risk, both overseas and following resettlement to Australia. Over the past 20 years, she has conducted research; provided training to refugees, UN and NGO staff in refugee camps and urban settings; acted as technical advisor to a number of projects; and evaluated humanitarian and development projects in 18 countries. In 2001, she was awarded a Human Rights Medal by the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission for her work with refugee women and children. In 2005, she received a NSW Premier’s Award for services to refugee education In Australia, and in 2012, was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her work with refugees.