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Voices of Courage Awards Luncheon

Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee, refugee activist Mary Tal, and “girl champion” Chernor Bah took center stage at the Women’s Refugee Commission’s 25th Anniversary Voices of Courage Awards Luncheon. By working for the most vulnerable refugees, they embody the values that the WRC believes in. Because all three have been refugees, they demonstrate how refugees themselves can be the engineers of their own solutions.


2014 Voices of Courage Honorees: Leymah Gbowee, Chernor Bah and Mary Tal

Meryl Streep’s dramatic reading of three refugee stories brought unheard voices to the forefront. Liv Ullmann moved many to tears when she spoke of being inspired to found the WRC after seeing tragic human rights violations in refugee camps. Other notable speakers included Dr. Sima Samar, herself a Voices of Courage honoree in 2001; girls’ education advocate Malala Yousafzai, who spoke via video; and filmmaker Abigail Disney. Women of the World’s stirring performance ended the event on a high note.

Explore the videos, photos & biographies of the speakers.


Disability Inclusion: Translating Policy into Practice in Humanitarian Action

Drawing on consultations with over 700 persons in eight countries, Disability Inclusion: Translating Policy into Practice in Humanitarian Action documents positive practices and ongoing challenges to promoting disability inclusion in urban settings and refugee camps. Its tailored lessons and recommendations will help the United Nations, nongovernmental organizations and governments engage persons with disabilities at all levels of humanitarian work.

The report and its executive summary are available in English, French, Arabic and Word formats.

Refugees with Disabilities: Increasing Inclusion, Building Community is an image-based flipbook, a conversation tool to help those in refugee settings to understand the fundamental challenges faced by refugees with disabilities, as well as what can be done to address them.
 
Access the report, the executive summary, a fact sheet and the flipbook conversation tool.


Unpacking Gender: The Humanitarian Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Two decades of research have taught us much about what refugee women and girls need--but what happens to this knowledge in a disaster like the Syrian crisis? Unpacking Gender: The Humanitarian Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis presents an overview of what’s being done—and what isn’t—to incorporate gender into the Syrian emergency response.

Based on an extended on-the-ground assessment and a thorough literature review, the report finds both gaps and good practices. For example, although age- and sex-disaggregated data is being collected, there is very little evidence that the information gathered is informing the design and implementation of programs for women, men, girls and boys. The report also presents concrete recommendations to improve the humanitarian response.

Download the full report and the executive summary.