A Context of Risk: Uncovering the Lived Experiences of Chin Refugee Women Negotiating a Livelihood in Delhi

Authors

  • Paula Jops University of New South Wales (UNSW)
  • Caroline Lenette University of New South Wales (UNSW)
  • Jan Breckenridge University of New South Wales (UNSW)

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.40348

Keywords:

Delhi, India, Burmese refugees, Chin refugees, refugee women, gender, sexual harassment, gender-based violence

Abstract

In India, the livelihood spaces that refugee women from Chin State, Burma, have carved for themselves in their country of first asylum remain relatively unexplored. This article focuses on Chin refugee women’s pursuit of liveli- hood in Delhi in 2012–13. The concept of “livelihood” is a starting point to better understand the women’s work experiences and explore the associated risks affecting their well-being. Emerging findings indicate that pervasive sexual harassment and discrimination, inside and outside of work contexts and a constant sense of livelihood insecurity severely affect the health and well-being of these women and contribute to diminished hopes for a future in Delhi.

Author Biographies

Paula Jops, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Ms. Paula Therese Jops

PhD Candidate Sociology

School of Social Sciences

University of New South Wales

Caroline Lenette, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Dr Caroline Lenette

Lecturer

School of Social Sciences & Centre for Refugee Research

University of New South Wales    

Jan Breckenridge, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Dr Jan Breckenridge

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences

Lead Convener, Social Inquiry Cluster

Co-Convener, Gendered Violence Research Network

University of New South Wales

Additional Files

Published

2016-11-23

How to Cite

Jops, P., Lenette, C., & Breckenridge, J. (2016). A Context of Risk: Uncovering the Lived Experiences of Chin Refugee Women Negotiating a Livelihood in Delhi. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 32(3), 84–94. https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.40348