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Women’s Refugee Commission Marks Our 35th Anniversary

35th anniversary logoThis year, the Women’s Refugee Commission is marking a major milestone—our 35th anniversary. Back in 1989, our founders had big dreams to do all they could to improve the lives of women and girls fleeing conflict and crises. Over the course of 2024, we will celebrate our achievements at in-person and virtual events, pay tribute to 35 vanguards, and, of course, continue our critical research and advocacy.

35 Voices of Courage

Ever inspired by their bravery and dedication to making a better world for refugees, this summer we are celebrating remarkable individuals who have been a part of our story over the past 35 years.

Meet the people who inspire us and check back each month this summer for new Voices of Courage!

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Support WRC

For 35 years, the Women’s Refugee Commission has been working to protect the rights of refugee women, children, and youth thanks to the generosity of our supporters. For our 35th anniversary, please help us continue our work to create a better world for refugees.

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2024 Voices of Courage Awards

2024 Voices of Courage Awards HeaderPlease join the Women’s Refugee Commission as we celebrate 35 years of impact and honor inspiring leaders who stand for justice, equality, and humanity at our 2024 Voices of Courage Awards.

Date: September 26, 2024
Time: Reception: 5:30 p.m.; Dinner and Program: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cipriani 25 Broadway, located at 25 Broadway, New York

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Lantern Talk with Jane Olson, Pat Mitchell, and Barthelemy Mwanza

Lantern Talk flyerOn March 8, International Women’s Day, human rights activist and humanitarian Jane Olson joined media luminary Pat Mitchell for a dynamic conversation that featured Olson’s recent book, World Citizen, Journeys of a Humanitarian, with stories that highlight the 35-year history and impact of the WRC. They were joined by Barthelemy Mwanza of the Global Refugee Youth Network (GRYN), who talked about his work to protect and empower refugee women and girls.

Date: March 8, 2024
Location: The Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52nd Street, New York

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35 Years of WRC

WRC In Motion

View videos that highlight WRC’s work for 35 years.

A Visual Look Back at WRC

Countless moments at WRC have been captured since the organization began 35 years ago. View this photo gallery for a snapshot of some of our favorite moments since 1989.