Our mission is to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. We research their needs, identify solutions and advocate for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice.
Our vision is a world in which refugee and internally displaced women, children and youth:
The Women's Refugee Commission is an expert resource and advocacy organization that monitors the care and protection of refugee women and children. We speak out on issues of concern to refugee and displaced women, children and adolescents, who have a critical perspective in bringing about change but often do not have access to governments and policy makers. We also provide opportunities for refugee women and youth to speak for themselves through briefings, testimony, participation in field assessments and international conferences.
The Women's Refugee Commission serves as a watchdog and an expert resource, offering solutions and providing technical assistance. Staff and board members carry out an active program of advocacy, making recommendations on how to improve assistance to refugee women and children to policy makers in the United States government and UN agencies, and to NGOs.
Professional staff--experts in health care, anthropology, gender, children and refugee law--travel to refugee camps, detention centers and other areas where there are thousands of displaced families to conduct field research, technical training and convene meetings. In addition, the Women's Refugee Commission sends fact-finding delegations of professionals to meet with refugee women and children around the world and learn firsthand of their needs and conditions. Recent delegations have traveled to Jordan, southern Sudan, Colombia, Liberia and Thailand.
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The Women's Refugee Commission has a diverse professional staff of 25. The Women's Refugee Commission's board of directors and advisors include women working at senior levels in human rights and refugee organizations, as well as in education, medicine, law, journalism, government relations and communications. Many are former refugees. Our organization was founded in 1989 by Liv Ullmann, Catherine O'Neill, Susan Martin and others. The Women’s Refugee Commission is affiliated with and is legally part of the International Rescue Committee, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, but does not receive direct financial support from the IRC.
Find a full listing of our staff.
The Women's Refugee Commission is a member of the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership International (HAP-I). HAP-I is the humanitarian sector's first international self-regulatory body. Members of HAP-I are committed to meeting the highest standards of accountability and quality management.
Read our accountability statement here.
Learn about vacant positions and get information about internship opportunities at the Women's Refugee Commission.
Each year the Women's Refugee Commission holds a luncheon to honor individual refugee women and young people who are working on behalf of other refugees. Find out about our upcoming and previous luncheons and honorees.
The Women's Refugee Commission is affiliated with and is legally part of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and does not receive direct financial support from the IRC.