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Desperate Lives: Burmese Women Struggle to Make a Living in Malaysia
SummaryThe Women’s Commission traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in May 2008 to research Burmese refugee women’s economic coping strategies and how that impacted their vulnerability to gender-based violence. The delegation looked at programs currently being implemented by the humanitarian community in Kuala Lumpur in order to identify whether or not refugee women’s economic coping strategies were being supported by livelihoods interventions. Additionally, the delegation looked at whether or not those interventions include gender-based violence prevention or protection components. Finally, the delegation sought to better understand the unmet needs of refugee women and how they relate to their livelihood strategies and experience of gender-based violence.