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Syria News Gazette: “No One Has Power Over Me.”

“It is safer. Cash assistance helped me pay off my debts, and no one asked me anymore. I felt that I am independent and stronger. No one has power over me.” – IDP woman, Jarablus

Traditionally, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) have received aid in the form of in-kind assistance.

Increasingly, however, cash and voucher assistance (CVA) is being used in humanitarian response to meet the diverse needs of those displaced by crisis and conflict.

Preliminary findings by the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) indicate that CVA supports gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response activities, yet humanitarian GBV programming does not comprehensively or consistently consider using CVA. This is a critical gap, as refugee, internally displaced, and migrant women and girls face multiple risks and incidents of GBV before, during, and after crises.