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Refugee Women; War, Rape and Sexual Abuse (in Conversation)

Dr Eileen Pittaway

Refugee women and their dependent children account for 80 per cent of the world’s refugees. Refugee women are arrested, abducted, imprisoned, persecuted, tortured, raped, sexually abused and sold for prostitution. Rape and sexual abuse is the most common form of systematized torture used against women, which are used as weapons of war.  

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Recorded at the 8th International conference of the International Society for Health and Human Rights Lima, Peru  October 2008
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Dr Eileen Pittaway

Dr Eileen Pittaway, Phd (Refugee Policy and Management), MBA (Social Policy and Administration), Grad. Dip. Social Administration, Grad. Dip.Education Studies, Dip. Social Welfare. Eileen is the Director of the Centre for Refugee Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work, co-ordinating and teaching in the Master Programs of International Social Development, and Refugees and Forced Migration.
In the past decade she has conducted research, and provided training to refugees, UN and NGO staff in refugee camps in Kenya, Thailand, Ethiopia, Bougainville, Egypt and Sri Lanka.
She is currently a Council Member of Asian Women's Human Rights Council; Chairperson of the Australian National Committee on Refugee Women; Honorary Life member of Asia Pacific Watch Management Committee, and Committee Member, Australian Human Rights Centre, University of New South Wales.
In 2001 Eileen was awarded a Human Rights Medal by the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission for her work with Refugee Women and Children.
In 2005 she was awarded a New South Wales Premiers Award for her contribution to public education regarding refugees.

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