The average length of displacement is now 17 years or more. Entire generations born and raised in refugee camps, and spend a significant portion of their lives as refugees.
Humanitarian action needs to offer long-term solutions that protect and advance women’s rights, provide opportunities that help them thrive, and shape equal, just and more peaceful societies.
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Step into the World of a Syrian Refugee
Refugees face a daunting task, no matter where they begin their journey. The perils they face in the environment, lack of resources, and vulnerability to human trafficking, makes every step a risk. Many take immediate refuge in neighbouring countries, as in the case of millions of Syrians finding sanctuary in Lebanon. Follow one family of urban refugees as they navigate their new reality after a harrowing flight from Syria.
Six Essential Objects for Refugee Women and Girls
Today, 50 per cent of refugees uprooted from their homes from conflict, persecution or natural disasters are women and girls. This translates to more than 11 million refugee women and girls. During times of crisis, their specific needs and voices are often neglected. There are six essential objects that give women and girls agency and secure their health, dignity and rights.
The first item is a razor blade- not for a close shave, but to cut the umbilical cord when a child is born in a refugee camp.
On World Refugee Day, we need to be aware of the unique ways in which women and girls are affected by displacement and disaster. Click here to read more stories of women refugees and migrants.