Claiming Space and Contesting Gendered Refugeehood in Exile: Issues and Factors of Rohingya Refugee Women’s Civic Engagement in Diaspora

  • Anas Ansar (Author)
    University of Bonn

    Research Associate, Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS)

  • Abu Faisal Md. Khaled (Author)
    Bangladesh University of professionals

    Assistant Professor, Dept. of International Relations

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This article examines the emerging political and social mobilisation of Rohingya women activists in connection with the forced displacement of nearly a million Rohingya from the Rakhine state of Myanmar in August 2017. In exile, a promising number of Rohingya women have become actively engaged in social and political domains that have been historically male-dominated. The findings reveal how the internationalisation and the considerable global attention to the Rohingya refugee crisis have provided the space to navigate traditional gender roles and created an opportunity for Rohingya women to become important civic actors in this relatively nascent diaspora. Varying levels of education, age, technical and linguistic skills, along with diverse opportunities offered by the host countries, impact the (in)ability of Rohingya refugee women to play their part in diaspora activism.


Rohingya, Myanmar, refugee women, gender, diaspora, activism, civil society