Gender-based Violence

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The abuse, rape, exploitation and trafficking of women, girls and other vulnerable populations is exacerbated by conflict, flight and displacement, when family and community protections are weakened or destroyed. Programs that empower refugee women and girls, ensure sexual and reproductive health, build confidence and help them become self-sufficient change the gender dynamic and reduce gender-based violence.

We are relentless in our advocacy to mitigate and respond to GBV because 20 years after we identified the dearth of programming to protect women in displacement, funding and commitment remain shockingly low.

Focus Areas

Refugees with disabilities are often excluded from humanitarian programs, increasing their vulnerability.

Women who must provide for their families are at increased risk of violence and exploitation.

Reproductive health is essential for women and girls to maintain their dignity and rebuild their lives.

Most countries don’t adequately protect asylum seekers against violence and exploitation.

The need for fuel and energy should be an opportunity, not a risk for women in camps.

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