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31 Oct 2014 description

An examination of very young adolescents' (ages 10-14) sexual and reproductive health needs and risks. Based on research in Ethiopia, Lebanon, and Thailand.

27 Feb 2013 description

The World Health Organization reports that rates of violence are 4-10 times greater among persons with disabilities than non-disabled persons. Consultations with persons with disabilities conducted by the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) in seven countries suggest that women and girls with disabilities may be particularly vulnerable to gender-based violence in conflict and post-conflict settings. However, they do not have the same access to prevention and response programs as other community members.

17 May 2012 description

Written by Elizabeth Cafferty, Senior Advocacy Officer posted: May 9, 2012

Jennifer Schulte, Program Officer, Youth and Livelihoods, and Elizabeth Cafferty, Senior Advocacy Officer, recently visited the Sheder and Aw Barre refugee camps in the Somali area of Ethiopia to learn more about the adolescent girls living there. This is the first in a series of blogs exploring the status of displaced adolescent girls--an extremely vulnerable population.

31 Jul 2011 description

Project Overview


Today there are more adolescents and young adults than at any time in history, and the total global population of girls ages 10 to 16—the larg-est ever—is expected to peak in the next decade. Hundreds of millions of these girls are living in crisis-affected contexts. Yet, adolescent girls have been largely absent from international humanitarian agendas. They are often mistakenly classified with young children or adults, even though their needs are very different.

09 Jul 2010 description

Written by Jina Krause-Vilmar, Senior Program Office, Livelihoods

posted: July 9, 2010

Food is scarce in Ethiopia, where most of the population lives in rural, drought-prone areas in a state of chronic poverty. In 2010, the Government of Ethiopia identified 5.2 million people in need of emergency food aid. Not surprisingly, this hunger crisis also impacts the thousands of refugees living just within Ethiopia's borders.

In the isolated eastern corner of Ethiopia, some 44,000 Somali refugees are scattered among four refugee camps, living in the arid heat on parched land.

05 Mar 2009 description

Women's Refugee Commission Field Mission to Ethiopia

September - October 2008

Executive Summary

It is widely believed that economic opportunities can provide women with life options, greater participation in decision-making and more equity within the household.