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The WRC at the Commission on the Status of Women

From Syria to South Sudan, from Central America to Central Africa, women and girls are forced to flee war and conflict and to live in a protracted displacement. Though they are typically impoverished and traumatized, these women and girls are models of resilience. They survive despite all obstacles.

With 60 million refugees throughout the world today, and a growing percentage of them choosing to live in cities, the international community can no longer keep displaced women and girls separate from efforts to promote development through women’s empowerment. In fact, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals depends on their inclusion.

When humanitarian crises occur, women and girls’ inequality exacerbates their vulnerability. But, when we treat displacement as an opportunity rather than a problem, refugee women and girls can transform their lives and their communities. The Women’s Refugee Commission is pleased to participate in the 2016 Commission on the Status of Women to promote refugee women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development.

Protecting Human Rights of Women Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Monday, March 14 | 1:15 PM-2:30 PM
Location: UN Trusteeship Chamber – Conference Building 

Innovations in Clean Energy Access to Promote Women’s Safety and Empowerment
Monday, March 14th | 10:30am
Location: Thai Cultural Center, Room 2

Displaced Women and Girls – the Price of Gender
Tuesday, March 15th | 10am
Location:Baha’i center 

Mobilizing for Women’s Equal Nationality Rights: Lessons learned across regions
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | 2:30-4:00 PM
Thai Cultural Center, Room 2
310 44th St. Suite #L

Protecting and Empowering Displaced Women Through Safe Access to Fuel and Energy
Thursday, March 17th | 4:30pm
Location: Salvation Army, Downstairs Room

The Perilous Journey of Women Refugees
Tuesday, March 22 | 2:30pm
Location: Church Center