Following the escalating violence unleashed upon them in Myanmar, an estimated 693,000 Rohingya refugees have fled across the border to Bangladesh since August 2017. They arrive at the overcrowded camps in Cox’s Bazar with very few possessions, impoverished and traumatised. Over half of them are women and girls, 16% estimated to be single mothers, 21% pregnant and lactating women.
The women and girls have experienced and witnessed many atrocities on their arduous journey, and yet still they are not safe. Within the refugee camps, they are at risk of gender-based violence and sexual exploitation. Rohingya women have limited access to information, livelihoods, community activities and decision-making. They even lack basic hygiene needs. And with cyclone season quickly approaching, heavy rains and potentially dangerous weather conditions mean they are at even greater risk in the months to come.
UN Women is on the ground right now, working tirelessly to meet the immediate and practical needs of Rohingya women and girls and help restore their dignity and safety. But resources are stretched to the limit.
This tax time we hope to raise $60,000 to ensure Rohingya refugee women and girls are protected, given the opportunity to rebuild their lives and are able to look toward a brighter future. Please give today.
From the Field
|“I am worried about the monsoon…
will our small shelter keep standing?”
|“The absence of women was the first thing I noticed when I entered the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.”||Mahmuda Begum, 23, arrived at the Balukhali camp, in Cox’s Bazar with a newborn baby she had delivered, without any medical assistance, just before crossing the border of Myanmar.|
|Minara Begum is only 22 years old and has traversed unimaginable hardships to find safety in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh. But safety is still a relative term for her. On her list of priorities are income-generating opportunities, better food and education for her daughter, and a secure place to live when the rains come. Read more >>>||Upon a closer look, I finally spotted them—silhouettes inside the tents, few faces peeking out as we walked past. The Rohingya women and girls often live under restrictive socio-cultural norms. The violence they have experienced and witnessed in Myanmar has made their movements even more restrictive. They are also at risk of gender-based violence, sexual exploitation and abuse within the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Read more >>>||“Being eight months pregnant, I had to endure inhumane suffering while we were fleeing from our home,” she said. “My family spent five to six days under the open sky, and had to cross hills and forests. Thousands of other women also went through similar tribulations. We had no option but to keep moving forward to find a shelter. I crossed the border for the sake of my baby.” Read more >>>|
From where I stand: “Women need support from each other to cope with this crisis”