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Making Commitments Reality: Rights of Migrant and Refugee Women

Women Deliver Panel Discussion


Vancouver, Ca – As part of the first-ever humanitarian focus of events at Women Deliver, the Women’s Refugee Commission and Save the Children Canada will co-host a panel discussion that will unpack how to hold countries accountable to their international legal commitments specific to women refugees.

WHAT: Displacement often compounds existing discrimination against women, such that the risks and hurdles facing girls and women seeking asylum include discriminatory family laws and nationality laws, an increased risk of gender-based violence, and lack of access to essential sexual and reproductive healthcare. This session will look at legal protection for migrant and refugee girls and women through existing policies.

WHO: Co-hosted by the Women’s Refugee Commission and Save the Children Canada. Speakers include:

  • Joan Timoney, vice president, advocacy and external relations, Women's Refugee Commission
  • Mina Jaf, founder and executive director, Women Refugee Route
  • Melanie Gallant, head of communications, UNHCR Canada
  • Lina Abou-Habib, executive director, Women’s Learning Partnership

WHEN: Tuesday, June 4 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST

WHERE: Room 217-219, Vancouver Convention Center


For 30 years, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) has been a catalyst in advancing the rights and protection of refugee women, children, and youth across humanitarian settings. WRC is recognized by UN agencies, governments, and other NGOs for our research and advocacy expertise, as well as for our global convening power. 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.