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Violence Against Women. 2018 Apr;24(5):565-585. doi: 10.1177/1077801217710000. Epub 2017 Jun 7.

How Narratives of Fear Shape Girls' Participation in Community Life in Two Conflict-Affected Populations.

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1 Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY, USA.
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2 Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
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3 International Rescue Committee, Community Wellbeing Initiative, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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4 International Rescue Committee, Research, Evaluation, and Learning, New York, NY, USA.
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5 International Rescue Committee, Women's Protection and Empowerment, Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Abstract

Numerous social factors shape girls' lives in conflict-affected settings, affecting their vulnerability to gender-based violence (GBV). Qualitative research methods were used to examine spaces of perceived safety and risk for girls living in two conflict-affected populations: camps in Ethiopia hosting primarily South Sudanese and Sudanese refugees and communities in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Three major themes emerged: (a) challenges around caregiver-child communication regarding development, sex, and sexual violence; (b) a typology of safe/risky spaces; and (c) the influence of male-dominated spaces on experiences and fear of GBV. The findings have implications for programs focused on reducing adolescent girls' vulnerability to violence within conflict-affected contexts.

KEYWORDS:

adolescent girls; conflict-affected populations; fear; gender-based violence; safe spaces

PMID:
29332551
DOI:
10.1177/1077801217710000
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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