The escalation of violence in Gaza and Israel is leaving people in Gaza in urgent need of humanitarian support. Please donate now.

Available documents

No available documents

Oxfam Policy & Practice provides free access to Gender & Development and Development in Practice journal articles.

Download from publisher


A conference by ‘One World Action’ that focused on Saharawi women refugees, has highlighted how women worldwide cope with displacement. The true picture is starkly different to that portrayed by Western media and understood by Western aid agencies. Women refugees are not ‘victims’ but empower themselves by running the camps and assuming traditional male roles as leaders and managers. The women know that their rights are being denied and are demanding these rights. They look to the future and are fighting to keep their newly found roles and rights when conflict ends and they return home.

This article is hosted by our co-publisher Taylor & Francis. For the full table of contents for this and previous issues of this journal, please visit the Gender and Development website.

Additional details






How to cite this resource

Citation styles vary so we recommend you check what is appropriate for your context.  You may choose to cite Oxfam resources as follows:

Author(s)/Editor(s). (Year of publication). Title and sub-title. Place of publication: name of publisher. DOI (where available). URL

Our FAQs page has some examples of this approach.

Related resources

Here are similar items you might be interested in.

Browse all resources