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Mean Streets: Identifying and Responding to Urban Refugees’ Risks of Gender-Based Violence


A deeper understanding of the nuances and complexities of urban risks is essential to addressing violence and bridging the protection gaps affecting marginalized groups who have been traditionally overlooked in humanitarian response. Protecting refugees with heightened risks – women, adolescent girls, LGBTQI+ individuals, persons with disabilities, sex workers and male survivors of sexual violence – requires innovative, tailored programming and outreach.


  1. Systematize and broaden engagement of local actors.
  2. Develop proactive, targeted strategies for addressing GBV risks related to shelter and livelihoods.
  3. Prioritize, and earmark resources for, targeted actions and proactive outreach tailored to meet the needs of different at-risk subpopulations.
  4. Formalize non-discrimination and standards of care for engaging all refugee subpopulations, put accountability mechanisms in place for UNHCR partners, and take a proactive approach to eliminating discrimination.
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