Honors Program Theses


Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

First Advisor

Reza Lahroodi, advisor


Women refugees; Sex discrimination against women;


While over 80 percent of the world’s refugees are women and dependent children, 2 the intersection of refugee status and gender has been largely ignored legally and socially. Of particular note are the 1.24 million women registered as Syrian refugees.3 The testimony of refugees plays an important role as to their status; differences in identity can cause a hearer to deflate refugees’ perceived credibility, and this can ultimately undermine their role as a knower. This is known as testimonial injustice and can lead to long-lasting negative effects. There have been a variety of studies examining the application of the theory of testimonial injustice in women and migrant populations. However, there is a gap of knowledge for those that fall in both of those populations, and in particular, female refugees. The purpose of this thesis is to illuminate the practice of testimonial exchange in theory, analyze related existing literature, and from this analysis make suggestions to better improve the lives and experiences of refugee women. The thesis will illustrate that philosophical theorizing on epistemic injustice can be valuable to examining, assessing, and improving the process of in which listeners hear and process refugee testimony.

Year of Submission



Department of Philosophy and World Religions

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

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