“God Helped Us”: Resilience, Religion and Experiences of Gender-Based Violence and Trafficking among African Forced Migrant Women

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Abstract

In this article, I explore how faith and religion shaped the resilience of forced migrant women subjected to intersecting gender-based violence (GBV) and trafficking. Adopting a social constructivist perspective, I draw upon interviews with 11 Christian and 4 Muslim displaced survivors of 10 African nationalities temporarily residing in Tunisia. I first outline the experiences of
intersecting violence to understand what displaced survivors were resilient to, and then describe
faith pathways to resilience, sometimes with spiritual struggles and unmet religious needs. I delineate ways in which personal prayers and cooperating with God enabled all but one survivor to cope
with exploitation and perilous journeys toward imagined refuge. I offer insights for practitioners
working with forced migrants on the move and highlight the importance of spiritual support for displaced survivors who are religious. I discuss the findings and offer implications for future research and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Article number201
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Sciences
Volume2022-11
Issue number201
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies

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