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  • Statement by Action Aid, International Rescue Committee, and Women’s Refugee Commission at the Ending Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Humanitarian Crises conference, Oslo, May 24, 2019

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    Excellencies, distinguished delegates,

    On behalf of ActionAid, the International Rescue Committee and the Women’s Refugee Commission, we welcome the timely focus of this conference.

    We would like to talk about two aspects that have been discussed at this conference but require emphasizing: The need to prioritize the voices and rights of women and girls, and the need to dramatically scale up and track funding for localized women-led protection.

    War Zone Rape: Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict

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    Women Deliver Panel Discussion

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    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 looking at how to prevent sexual violence in conflict settings.

    Making Commitments Reality: Rights of Migrant and Refugee Women

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    Women Deliver Panel Discussion

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    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.

    New Report Reveals Danger of "Remain in Mexico" Including New Cases of Family Separation, Confiscated Identity Documents, New Inhumane CBP Custody Tents

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A brand new report released by the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) today shows real-time threats to asylum-seeking families facing the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico (RIM)” policy. RIM began on January 29, 2019 when the Trump administration initiated a policy that forces asylum seekers presenting themselves at the U.S. border to wait in Mexico while their immigration cases are processed – a policy that many advocacy organizations assert is unlawful.

    New UN Security Council Resolution on Sexual Violence Omits Critical Needs of Survivors

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    Today, UN Secretary-General António Guterres presented his new report on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence to the UN Security Council at an open debate on conflict-related sexual violence. 

    New Report Shows Venezuelan Women and Children Seeking Safety in Peru and Ecuador at Heightened Risk of Exploitation

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    New York, NY – A new report released today by the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), The Time to Act Is Now: Addressing Risks of Exploitation for Venezuelan Women and Children Seeking Refuge, shows that Venezuelan women and children fleeing to Peru and Ecuador face a heightened risk of exploitation, including sex trafficking, sexual exploitation, and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV). In addition to harassment and violence, WRC found that women are having to resort to survival sex in order to provide for themselves and their families.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Joins New Consortium to Lead UK Government-Funded Program Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

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    New York, NY  The Women’s Refugee Commission welcomes the announcement by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) that a consortium led by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), in which we are a partner, has been selected within the UK Aid Connect program under the theme of promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

    NGOs and women’s rights organizations call on G7 Foreign Ministers to protect women in crisis

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    OTTAWA – More than 30 leading international agencies and women’s rights organizations are calling on G7 Foreign Ministers to act to uphold the rights of women and girls in emergencies.

    Ahead of the G7 Foreign Minister’s meeting in Dinard, France, April 5-6, the joint statement and recommendations call on governments, donors, United Nations agencies, civil society organizations, and national and local actors to work together to put women’s and girls’ rights and agency at the centre of every humanitarian response.

    The Department of Homeland Security’s Family Separation Policy: Perspectives from the Border

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    Written Testimony of Michelle Brané

    Michelle Brané, Director, Migrant Rights and Justice Program, testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation and Operations at a hearing entitled: “The Department of Homeland Security’s Family Separation Policy: Perspectives from the Border.”

    March 26, 2019

    New Research Shows Widespread Sexual Violence, Torture Against Refugee and Migrant Men and Boys in Libya and Along the Central Mediterranean Route to Italy

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    GENEVA, Switzerland – The Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) today released the second in a series of groundbreaking studies looking into sexual violence against men and boys affected by conflict. The report launched today, “‘More Than One Million Pains’: Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys on the Central Mediterranean Route to Italy,” explores one of the most dangerous migration passageways in the world and the nature and characteristics of sexual violence perpetrated against men and boys along this route and when they reach Italy.