The Women’s Refugee Commission responds to crises that affect refugees and displaced people by advocating for the rights of women, children, and other marginalized populations. 

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Israel-Gaza Crisis

On October 7, 2023, Hamas launched a terrorist attack on Israel that killed 1,200 people. Hamas took 240 women, children, and men hostage. The evidence of the brutal use of violence and rape as a weapon of war by Hamas against women and girls in Israel cannot be denied.

The ongoing war in Gaza has killed more than 36,000 Palestinians. About 52 percent of those killed have been women and children. Out of 2.2 million people in Gaza, 1.9 million, including nearly 1 million women and girls, are internally displaced and barely surviving in inhumane and unlivable conditions.

We call for an immediate end to the hostilities to prevent further human suffering. The Women’s Refugee Commission is deeply concerned about the worsening humanitarian catastrophe.

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The Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine

As of February 2023, the conflict in Ukraine has displaced more than 14 million people since the latest Russian invasion began in February 2022. More than 8 million Ukrainians are now refugees, having fled to neighboring countries and beyond, including fleeing to the United States. Almost 5 million people are forcibly displaced within Ukraine itself.

The Women’s Refugee Commission is particularly concerned about the situation for women, girls, and other marginalized populations such as LGBTQIA+ people.

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Advancing gender equality and promoting resilience across humanitarian response can transform the lives of refugee women, children, and youth.


Gender Equality

The Women's Refugee Commission advocates for gender equality across humanitarian response to ensure equal access and opportunity for all, increase dignity and well-being, and promote long-term self-reliance.

Resilience-Based Approaches

We advocate for approaches in humanitarian response that build the resilience of refugee women, children, and youth by strengthening and investing in their assets, skills, and capacities.

Measurement and Learning

Our system of internal accountability at WRC measures our successes and challenges in achieving our strategic priorities of gender equality and resilience-based approaches.