Syrian and Syrian Palestinian Women in Lebanon: ‘Actors of Citizenship’?

  • Dina Kiwan
Part of the Comparative Feminist Studies book series (CFS)


With a focus on women’s ‘political participation’ broadly construed, this chapter aims to critically analyze how Syrian and Syrian Palestinian refugee women in Lebanon are ‘constructed’ in official documentation by the international organizations, UNHCR and UNRWA. This is juxtaposed with an exploration of different initiatives that Syrian and Palestinian Syrian women refugees are engaged with ‘on the ground’, and I argue that by ‘acting’ politically, they constitute themselves as ‘citizens’. Given the increasing presence of refugee populations in the Arab world, the majority of whom are women, I argue for a contextualized reconsideration of ‘citizenship’, ‘gender’, and ‘human rights’ in the Arab world.


Citizenship Gender Lebanon Refugees UNHCR UNRWA 


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  • Dina Kiwan
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media StudiesAmerican University of BeirutBeirutLebanon

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