This Article explains the particular difficulties that female asylum seekers and survivors of gender-related persecution face, reaffirming the need for the practical and sensitive application of international and domestic gender guidelines. Extensive research into client files and interviews with key decision makers prove that, despite scholarship suggesting that women may be advantaged in asylum proceedings, a focus on gender is still needed in the South African context. While there are undoubtedly problematic elements of the 1998 Refugees Act warranting its revision, the addition of gender as an additional category under the refugee definition, as proposed by the recent Refugees Amendment Bill, is not a solution to the hardships faced by female asylum seekers and survivors of gender-related persecution navigating the South African system.
Lindsay M. Harris,
Untold Stories: Gender-Related Persecution and Asylum in South Africa,
Mich. J. Gender & L.
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