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Date of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies

First Advisor

Zayde Gordon Antrim

Second Advisor

Janet Bauer

Third Advisor

Vijay Prashad


As participants of one of the few national liberation movements in the twenty-first century, Sahrawi women have asserted themselves and taken on numerous roles to maintain life in the refugee camps. This paper aims to demonstrate that these roles are irreversible and cannot be taken away. History shows that women often gain freedoms during the liberation struggle only to have them taken away after liberation is achieved. What distinguishes Sahrawi women’s experiences from that of other women engaged in liberation struggles is the protracted refugee context in Algeria that allows Sahrawi women to focus on developing themselves and acquiring a sustainable set of skills that will prove to be useful in a free Western Sahara.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Accessible to members of the Trinity community only.