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Community-Based Distribution of Family Planning Services in Humanitarian Settings: Identified Need and Potential from Malakal, South Sudan

The Women’s Refugee Commission and American Refugee Committee implemented a pilot project on community-based distribution (CBD) of family planning services in Malakal, South Sudan, to examine whether CBD is applicable and feasible in a humanitarian setting and would enhance people’s access to and use of contraceptives.

Read about the project in this article in St. Anthony's International Review.

Women: the invisible detainees

Michelle Brané and Lee Wang have an article in Forced Migration Review about why and how differences in treatment between men and women in detention matter.

Piloting community-based medical care for survivors of sexual assault in conflict-affected Karen State of eastern Burma

This article by Mihoko Tanabe et al in Conflict and Health (July 2013) describes a community-based approach to providing medical care to survivors of sexual assault in Karen State, eastern Burma, developed by the Women's Refugee Commission and its partners.

Read the article here.

Early relationships and marriage in conflict and post-conflict settings: vulnerability of youth in Uganda

This article by Jennifer Schlecht et al in Reproductive Health Matters (June 2013) presents factors that contribute to early relationships and informal marriages in conflict and post-conflict settings, based on qualitative research undertaken among two distinct populations in Uganda.

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New Approaches to Urban Refugee Livelihoods

Dale Buscher has an article in Refuge, Canada’s peer-reviewed refugee periodical published by York University in Toronto. The article presents findings from assessments undertaken by the Women's Refugee Commission in Kampala, New Delhi and Johannesburg, and lays out strategies to address the challenges confronting urban refugees’ ability to enter and compete in the labor market.


Refugees and displaced persons with disabilities – from ‘forgotten’ to ‘vulnerable’ to ‘valuable’

Emma Pearce, program officer, disabilities, has an article in Forced Migration Review's special 25th anniversary edition about the needs and rights of persons with disabilities among displaced populations.

Making work safe for displaced women

Dale Buscher has a new article on Forced Migration review discussing displaced women and their need for opportunities to make a living for themselves and their families without increasing their vulnerability.

Adolescent sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian settings

Mihoko Tanabe, program officer, reproductive health program, is co-author of "Adolescent sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian settings," in this issue of Forced Migration Review.

Using technology to help save mothers and babies

Sandra Krause, director, reproductive health program, and Diana Quick, director of communications, write about the Mama: Together for Safe Births in Crises, in this issue of Forced Migration Review that focuses on innovative uses of technology.

Unequal in Exile: Gender Equality, Sexual Identity and Refugee Status

Dale Buscher, senior director for programs, has an article in the Amsterdam Law Journal. The international humanitarian community is tasked with protecting the most vulnerable populations, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersex (LGBTI) refugees. While international law protects these rights in theory, in practice they are often not met and flagrantly disregarded by many refugee-hosting governments. Having fled persecution in their home countries, many then face other—often equally serious—risks in the countries where they are trying to resettle. Read the article.