Inadequate protection for women and girls seeking refuge in Germany

Germany is not meeting its legal obligations to protect refugee women and girls from discrimination. This is the conclusion of a “shadow report” by the University of Göttingen, the association Pro Asyl and the refugee councils of Bavaria, Hesse, Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. Shadow reports are a useful tool to present important information in parallel with official government reports. Based on current research results and a survey of 65 women’s counseling centers, psychosocial counseling centers and institutions working with refugees from all 16 federal states, the study finds that Germany does not adequately protect refugee women and girls and does not meet the requirements of the Istanbul Convention.

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