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Unequal in Exile: Gender Equality, Sexual Identity and Refugee Status


Dale Buscher

Women’s Refugee Commission in New York, US
About Dale

Dale Buscher is the Senior Director for Programmes. He has worked with refugee populations since 1988, including Vietnamese boat people in the Philippines, Haitians interned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, displaced Kurds in Northern Iraq, Bosnians, Kosovars, Albanians and Afghans. He is currently undertaking research on a number of issues: refugee livelihoods, urban refugees, refugees with disabilities and LBGT refugees. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah.

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‘Gender equality’ has become a mantra of the international humanitarian community. Organisations from United Nations entities to non-governmental and civil society groups are tasked with promoting gender equality in their policies and programmes.  The rhetoric and guidance developed, however, continue to exclude gender in its broadest sense, for the dialogue, inclusive of LGBT persons. This is particularly problematic when assisting LGBT refugees - who both flee persecution because of their sexual orientation and face continued security threats in their countries of asylum for the same reason. Protection of these individuals and achieving a more gender equal world cannot be accomplished without a more inclusive definition and promoting gender equality for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

How to Cite: Buscher, D., 2011. Unequal in Exile: Gender Equality, Sexual Identity and Refugee Status. Amsterdam Law Forum, 3(2), pp.92–102. DOI:
Published on 01 Apr 2011.
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