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‘She, of course, holds no political opinions’: gendered political opinion ground in women’s forced marriage asylum claims

Honkala, N. (2017) ‘She, of course, holds no political opinions’: gendered political opinion ground in women’s forced marriage asylum claims. Social & Legal Studies, 26 (2). pp. 166-187. ISSN 0964-6639

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1177/0964663916681067

Abstract/Summary

Women continue to face challenges in having their asylum claims recognized under the Refugee Convention. This is to a significant extent due to the ways in which the Convention is applied to women’s claims and is particularly the case in gender-based persecution claims. While there have been important advances in the field of gender and refugee law, contributing to an improved understanding of the relevance of gender within international refugee law, there remains a need for more gender-sensitive interpretations of the Convention. This article critiques the ways in which the political opinion ground of the Refugee Convention has been applied to some women’s forced marriage claims in the United Kingdom. Women’s gender-based persecution claims are often categorized under the membership of a particular social group ground and the political opinion ground remains an underused and narrowly interpreted category. Drawing on feminist critiques, it is argued that this demonstrates an underlying gendered politics, and that the political opinion ground can indeed be relevant to women’s asylum claims involving forced marriage. Women’s resistance to their gendered oppression in the form of forced marriage should be seen as a valid expression of their political opinion and agency.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:No Reading authors. Back catalogue items
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Law
ID Code:91822
Publisher:Sage

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