It can be difficult to research country of origin information (COI) needed to substantiate women’s asylum and human rights claims. Recognising this Asylum Aid has drawn together practical guidance on undertaking research on women’s gender related claims, based on their experience of working directly with women asylum seekers, their legal representatives and supporters.
The guide “Country of Origin Information and Women: Researching gender and persecution in the context of asylum and human rights claims” is aimed at a mixed audience of legal representatives, COI researchers, information professionals and volunteers involved with supporting women asylum seekers.
The guide provides structured information and guidance on approaching research, rather than legal matters, in a woman’s case. It covers: What COI is and how it is used within the determination process, the difficulties women experience in substantiating their claim, types of gender related harm and their impact on women and strategies for researching COI specific to a client’s individual circumstances.