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    Economic & Social Empowerment

    The Life of Displaced Adolescent Girls in Ethiopia, Tanzania & Uganda

    Ethiopia photos are © WRC/Jennifer Schulte

    Tanzania photos © WRC/Kathryn Paik

    Uganda photos © WRC/Rachael Reilly

    Working to help young people in Liberia get jobs

    After 14 years of civil conflict, Liberia is now at peace. However, much of the population is unemployed and lives in poverty. Many vocational training programs exist to help develop livelihood opportunities for Liberians. In 2010, the Women’s Refugee Commission partnered with a team of graduate students from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) to identify ways to strengthen these programs for displaced youth in Liberia. The team developed tools to complement our existing materials that help vocational trainers link their programs with local market opportunities.

    Read more about the Women’s Refugee Commission Livelihoods Program and what we’re doing to ensure refugee women have safe access to the skills, assets and strategies they need to become self-reliant.

    Our Fuel and Firewood Team in Kenya

    The Women’s Refugee Commission traveled to Kenya’s Kakuma and Dadaab camps this summer to talk with refugee women about what kind of challenges they face when cooking food rations for their families.

    Read more about the Women’s Refugee Commission Fuel and Firewood Initiative and what we’re doing to ensure refugee women have safe access to cooking fuel.

    Photos by Women's Refugee Commission, Mariangela Bizzarri and Gerald Martone/IRC

    Our Livelihoods Team in Nairobi

    This summer, the Women’s Refugee Commission’s Livelihoods team traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, to meet with refugees who are struggling to piece together a living in one of the city's largest slums, Eastleigh.

    More than half of the world’s refugees now live in urban areas.

    The Women’s Refugee Commission new research initiative focuses on identifying how urban refugees make a living in cities like Nairobi, and what kinds of protection risks they face.

    The Livelihoods team is developing recommendations on how to better ensure that refugees are safe and self-reliant living in urban areas

    Photography by Women's Refugee Commission, UNHCR and Mariangela Bizzarri

    Creating Safe Spaces and Strengthening Girls’ Social Assets through Disability Inclusion

    This photo essay describes how girls with disabilities (ages 10 – 19 years) are included in program planning and activities run by women’s organizations in the Chechen Republic, Russian Federation.

    To view the Russian version of this photo gallery click here.

    Создание безопасного пространства и укрепление социальных активов девочек через инклюзию

    В данном фото-эссе мы расскажем о том, как девочки с инвалидностью были вовлечены в планирование и проведение мероприятий, реализованных женскими организациями в Чеченской Республике (Российская Федерация).

    English photo gallery.

    Report on Interviews with Returnee Women and Girls in Herat Provonce, Afghanistan

    Sixty returnee women and girls from rural areas of Herat were interviewed between July 26th and August 7th, 2000.

    Youth Speak Out: Easy Reference Guides

    A summary of youth-oriented issues and trends as well as promising practices.

    Youth Speak Out: New Voices on the Protection and Participation of Young People Affected by Armed...

    This report provides a unique overview of the problems and challenges young people face during and after armed conflict and provides youth-driven solutions for addressing these problems.
    Also available: Youth Speak Out: Easy Reference Guides

    Education during humanitarian emergencies: The situation of displaced children and youth in Darfur..

    The Women's Commission is partnering with the Population Council to document how education can help protect children in conflict situations. Darfur will serve as the case study for the two-year qualitative and quantitative research study. The research will make the case for increased funding for education from the onset of an emergency to ensure the greatest protective impact.

    Executive Summary Disabilities among Refugees and Conflict-Affected Populations

    Around the world, an estimated 3.5 million displaced people live with disabilities in refugee camps and urban slum settlements. The Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, undertook a six-month research project to assess the situation of those with disabilities among refugee and conflict-affected populations. Using our field research in five countries, Ecuador, Jordan, Nepal, Thailand and Yemen, the Women’s
    Commission sought to map existing services for displaced persons with disabilities, identify gaps and good practices and make concrete recommendations on how to improve services, protection and participation for displaced persons with disabilities.