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    New Report | I'm Here: Adolescent Girls in Emergencies

    MYTH: “Sure, girls matter. But in the weeks after a catastrophe, we simply can’t afford to pay attention to their needs. Especially in sector-specific work.”

    FACT: There are pragmatic and timely steps that humanitarian actors in different sectors can take to keep girls safe and flourishing—especially in the first days of a crisis. The WRC’s most recent report, I’m Here: Adolescent Girls in Emergencies, details how.

    When humanitarian actors do not account for adolescent girls, girls’ safe access to life-saving information, services and resources is crippled.  This report outlines the “I’m Here Approach,” a novel way to safely link adolescent girls to life-saving information, services and resources from the start of an emergency. The report includes results from field-testing of this and two other tools.

    LEARN the best ways to help adolescent girls in humanitarian settings

    Days Left: NOminate a Refugee to Get the Credit S/he Deserves

    Applications due November 7, 2014 | Details here:

    Every year, the WRC’s Voices of Courage award honors refugee women and youth who are doing powerful work to help displaced people. This year, our focus is on refugees working to prevent and address gender-based violence (GBV).

    Candidates are displaced or previously displaced women and youth who are developing or leading programs to prevent and respond to GBV among displaced people. Each honoree will nominate an organization to receive a $5,000 grant, and will be provided an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to receive the award on April 30, 2015.

    Nominators should send: (a) a letter of nomination that details the nominee's work and tells her/his story; (b) the curriculum vitae, résumé or biography of the nominee; and (c) the names and email/phone of three references.

    The application should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 7, 2014


    Promising Field Practices for Disability Inclusion in Lebanon

    Humanitarian work is never easy, especially with a record 52 million people displaced by conflict, and limited funding. And yet, there are programs that are defying the trends and forging best practices for including persons with disabilities in their programs. They’re ensuring that despite the challenges, these individuals can access the care and the services that they need.

    Lebanon currently hosts over 1.1 million Syrian refugees who are living in towns, cities and rural communities all across the country. We’ve worked organizations there that are doing exemplary work to include refugees with disabilities in their programs. Take a look:

    SEE THE BEST WORK IN ACTION, and understand how it fits into Lebanon’s refugee response to the Syrian crisis.

    Amazon Smile: Your Holiday Shopping Can Bring Smiles to Refugees

    Your online shopping can now help refugee women and children. As a brand new Amazon Smile participant, the Women’s Refugee Commission will receive a portion of the purchase price when you shop at smile.amazon.com—at no extra cost to you!

    Six easy steps to ensure that your purchase supports the Women’s Refugee Commission:

    1. Go to: https://smile.amazon.com.
    2. Log in with your amazon.com log-in information or create a new account if you don’t yet have an account.
    3. On the screen that says, "Select a Charitable Organization to Start Shopping" scroll to the bottom to the option that says, "or pick your own charitable organization."
    4. Search for "Women’s Refugee Commission"
    5. Press the “Select” button next to "Women’s Refugee Commission."
    6. Whenever you shop at Amazon, remember to type in smile.amazon.com first, and a percentage of your purchase will support refugees. 

    HEAD TO SMILE.AMAZON.COM, and choose the Women’s Refugee Commission as your charity of choice.