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Where Do We Go From Here? Moving Forward with the Gender Equality Objective of the Call to Action Road Map

Gender-based violence is deeply rooted in gender inequality and women’s disempowerment. GBV is one of the primary obstacles to achieving gender equality, and gender inequality perpetuates norms that promote GBV. In order to effect change on GBV, gender equality programming must be an integral part of the work.

The Women's Refugee Commission has issued a brief that focuses on the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-based Violence in Emergencies, and how it addresses the linkages between gender inequality and gender-based violence (GBV).

Refugee women’s path to equality and self-reliance

For more than 100 years, March 8 has been celebrated as International Women’s Day. And for more than 100 years, the day has provided a chance to take stock of the status of women and women’s rights around the world.

While it’s indisputable that the situation has improved for some women, there’s still a long way to go before women everywhere are recognized for their strength, their abilities, and their leadership capacities.

Gender Equality and Self-Reliance: Interlinked Components of Refugee Women’s Protection and Economic Empowerment

This blog was cross-posted from Medium.

This week the world is at Women Deliver — the largest convening ever held focused on gender equality. While we all know that making progress on gender equality has been problematic in the world’s most stable, economically advanced societies, how much more so in states plagued by conflict and displacement. In humanitarian response we seldom discuss the role of women’s livelihoods as critical to advancing gender equality and we seldom promote gender equality as a means to tackle and mitigate risks of gender-based violence. The silo-ing of these efforts and interventions is a zero-sum gain.

Putting gender equality and women’s rights at the heart of humanitarian response

This blog was cross-posted from Medium.

This week, more than 6,000 advocates, policy experts, and government officials from around the world are gathering in Vancouver, Canada, for the triennial Women Deliver Conference (WD2019). The event—the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and well-being of women and girls—will, for the first time in its history, include a focus on humanitarian response.

Urgent Action Needed to Reform Gender Discriminatory Nationality Laws Causing Childhood Statelessness

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, UNICEF, and the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights, which is housed at the Women's Refugee Commission, are calling for urgent action to reform gender discriminatory nationality laws that remain a root cause of global childhood statelessness.

A new report released this week by the three organizations highlights that 25 countries still retain laws that deny women the right to pass their nationality to their children on an equal basis with men, while three countries also have laws that deny men the right to pass their nationality to children born outside of legal marriage.

No Gender Equality Globally Without Women's Empowerment in Humanitarian Settings

This blog was cross-posted from Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Four years ago, world leaders made a pledge to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by the year 2030. Goal 5 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]) contains targets to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, end female genital mutilation and child marriage, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health care, and uphold women’s reproductive rights.

Tomorrow, during the high-level segment of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, leaders will meet to assess progress on the SDGs. This moment provides an opportunity to see how far we’ve come since 2015 on the commitment to achieve gender equality. The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is particularly interested in these discussions, and how they relate to the more than 35 million women and girls forced from their homes by conflict and crises.

On Eve of UNGA SDG Summit, New Findings Show Marked Advances in Promoting Gender Equality in Cox's Bazar

NEW YORK, NY – As world leaders gather for the 74th U.N. General Assembly – including a special summit on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) today released new findings showing marked advances in promoting gender equality in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps. SDG 5 promises to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” The findings were compiled in the report Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the Rohingya Humanitarian Response in Cox’s Bazar.

A Call for States to Grant Women and Men Everywhere Equal Citizenship

This blog was cross-posted on Medium.

This week in Geneva, the United Nations will mark the midway point of the UN Refugee Agency’s 10-year #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness. The Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights, a coalition of national and international organizations housed at the Women’s Refugee Commission, has supported this effort over the past five years by working to end one of the root causes of statelessness: gender discrimination in nationality laws.

It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way: Let’s Do Better for Displaced Girls

This blog was cross-posted from Medium.

Despite the emergent spotlight on gender by humanitarian actors, much more needs to be done to challenge the pervasive gender inequalities that affect so many women and adolescent girls who’ve been displaced by conflict or crisis.

This was on my mind a few weeks ago when, as part of a Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) delegation, I met with women from Central America and from as far away as Cameroon in West Africa. They had fled unimaginable violence and were in migrant shelters and detention centers on both sides of the US/Mexico border. They shared their harrowing stories of rape, abuse, and exploitation along the route.

First-Ever Global Refugee Forum Kicks Off in Geneva Next Week

WRC Urges Support for Refugee Self-Determination, Focus on Gender Equality

NEW YORK, NY – Representatives from governments, international organizations, local authorities, civil society, the private sector, and refugees from around the world will gather in Geneva next week for the first-ever Global Refugee Forum. The two-day event is co-hosted by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the government of Switzerland, with the governments of Turkey, Germany, Ethiopia, and Costa Rica serving as co-conveners.

Men as Partners for Women, Peace and Security: Vital Lessons

This was cross-posted from Just Security.

As a long-time advocate for the leadership, empowerment and protection of marginalized people in global peace and security issues, I have often reflected on my status as a partner, ally and supporter of this agenda. As a white, straight, older, upper-middle-class American man, I do not have the lived experience of exclusion and prejudice faced on a daily basis by women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, ethnic minorities, displaced persons, people in poverty, and indigenous populations. Thus, my role has always been that of an outsider. Similarly, despite having pressed for disability rights for decades, it was only when I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease a few years ago that one of my colleagues said to me with an insider’s tone: “Welcome to the community.”

Five Steps Toward a More Gender-Equal World

This post was cross-posted on Medium.

2020 represents a momentous year for women’s rights. A time to look back and to look ahead.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the historic Beijing Conference on Women, which brought together representatives of governments, UN agencies, activists, and organizations from around the world to produce a plan for the advancement of women and the achievement of gender equality. It was also where the now-famous line “women’s rights are human rights” was taken up as a rallying cry by advocates and activistsThe Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action would go on to serve as a blueprint for advancing women’s rights.