Rebuilding Peace in Exile: Bringing Together the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and the International Refugee Protection Regime in Turkey

Sengul I. , Demir E. , Sahin B.

Global Change, Peace & Security, vol.34, no.1, pp.53-75, 2022 (Journal Indexed in ESCI)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14781158.2022.2038556
  • Title of Journal : Global Change, Peace & Security
  • Page Numbers: pp.53-75


Refugee women are generally depicted as vulnerable and dependent subjects and excluded from peacebuilding efforts. This article is a response to the need for balancing the protection needs of refugee women and their participation in decision-making processes. It brings two different but complementary frameworks, namely the International Refugee Protection Regime (IRPR) and the United Nations Security Council’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda, into conversation through a gender analysis. The article shows that bringing these two frameworks together can overcome each other’s limitations regarding refugee women’s agency. Through analysing legal and policy frameworks together with the existing literature on refugee women and the WPS Agenda, this article focuses on Turkey as a case study. This article argues that implementing the IRPR and the WPS Agenda together in a national action plan in Turkey would strengthen refugee women’s protection and promote their agency as actors of peacebuilding in exile.