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    March 2015

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    “Achieving Gender Equality in Nationality Laws” 
    CSW NGO Parallel Event
    Open to the Public
    March 12, 4:30-6pm
    Armenian Conference Center

    Equal Nationality Rights
    CSW High Level Side Event
    CSW pass required
    March 10, 11:30am-12:45pm
    The United Nations

    "Advancing the Rights of Displaced Women and Girls with Disabilities"
    CSW Side Event  
    March 10, 3:00-4:15pm
    Australian Mission to the UN

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    Displacement is a terrible situation--but we can at least use it to provide girls with opportunities that they would not have had access to in their home communities. 

    Read more from Executive Director Sarah Costa on Trust.org.

    Commission on the Status of Women: Beijing+20

    This year’s CSW will focus on current challenges to gender equality and the empowerment of women--and the Women’s Refugee Commission will be there to highlight some of the most overlooked issues:
    NGO parallel event “Achieving Gender Equality in Nationality Laws”
    Promoting equal nationality rights is an entry point to gender equality and equal citizenship.
    Open to the Public | Thursday, March 12, 4:30-6:00pm | Armenian Conference Center, Ballroom B, 630 2nd Avenue
    High Level Side Event on Equal Nationality Rights
    States that have reformed their nationality laws provide a roadmap for those on the cusp of commitment as part of their commitment to women’s empowerment.
    Open to all those with CSW passes | Tuesday, March 10, 11:30am - 12:45pm | At the UN
    Side Event  "Advancing the Rights of Displaced Women and Girls with Disabilities"
    Humanitarian assistance must include the needs of women and girls with disabilities. 
    Tuesday, March 10, 3:00-4:15 Australian Mission to the UN

    Take Action to Assure Stronger U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Funding

    Displaced adolescent girls share many experiences, including an increased risk of violence. But there are vast differences among communities and we cannot know these differences until we talk to the girls—and we cannot talk to them until we know where they are.
    The WRC’s new I’m Here Approach provides tools that enable humanitarian workers to quickly identify adolescent girls within a refugee community, and to assess their assets and needs. I'm Here implementation in the suburbs of Cairo, for example, found that nearly 90% of girls surveyed were attending school—many at both the local Egyptian school and the Syrian community school. Conversely, approximately 30% of girls did not attend school in Gaziantep, Turkey: many girls cited language barriers and discrimination as their major impediments. 

    This information feeds directly into program planning, design and implementation. The context-specific facts carry important implications for humanitarian work in these two communities.

    The result: We’re more accountable to refugee girls.
    Read the WRC’s report, I’m Here: Adolescent Girls in Emergencies, for a guide on how to more effectively protect, serve and engage adolescent girls in emergency operations. I'm Here is a set of recommendations, each with an field-tested tool to help practitioners apply the recommendations.

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