Source: US Department of State
Global estimates suggest that approximately 10 million people worldwide are living without any legal citizenship. Stateless persons face overwhelming obstacles that limit their access to basic entitlements and protections, leaving them vulnerable to discrimination and abuse. Research on health and access to care is generally limited among stateless persons and, currently, there is a dearth of information on statelessness and its relationship to gender based violence (GBV).
The aims of the project were to understand the demographics, experiences, and vulnerabilities of GBV and general health status among stateless populations. This study focused on stateless populations, which is defined as populations who currently live in Cote d’Ivoire who are not citizens of another country nor are migrants because the persons do not have birth certificate from any country or their parents do have national certificate from their country of origin.
This study was conducted by Johns Hopkins University and a local implementing organization, Afrique Secours et Assistance (ASA) and the UNHCR country office in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.