Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
- Ethiopia: Floods and Landslides - Apr 2018
- Ethiopia: Floods - Aug 2017
- Ethiopia: Measles Outbreak - May 2017
- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Ethiopia: Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) Outbreak - May 2016
- Ethiopia: Floods - Apr 2016
- Ethiopia: Floods - Oct 2015
- Ethiopia: Drought - 2015-2019
- Ethiopia: Floods - Oct 2014
Most read reports
- UNHCR welcomes Ethiopia law granting more rights to refugees
- Multi-dimensional Child Deprivation in Ethiopia - First National Estimates
- U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Applauds Ethiopia’s New Refugee Law
- Operational Plan for Rapid Response: Internal Displacement around Kamashi and Assosa (Benishangul Gumuz) and East and West Wollega (Oromia), 26 December 2018
- UN Entities Support Ethiopia’s Quest for Policy Coherence for SDGs
FIELD-LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION URGENTLY REQUIRED
The Call to Action on Protection from Gender-based Violence in Emergencies, a multi-stakeholder initiative launched in 2013 by the governments of the United Kingdom and Sweden, aims to fundamentally transform the way gender-based violence (GBV) is addressed in emergencies, so that every humanitarian response provides safe and comprehensive services for those affected by GBV and mitigates GBV risk from the earliest phases of a crisis.
Parents' decision to marry off their young daughters is influenced by concerns about poverty, protection from rape and its stigma, prevention of pregnancy outside marriage, and from the influence of other communities – all issues exacerbated by displacement. Rather than solving these problems, child marriage isolates girls from what opportunities exist.
Nine of the top 10 countries with the highest rates of child marriage are fragile states. Yet married girls are invisible in humanitarian programming.
La violence basée sur le genre (VBG) est une question de droit de l’homme et de santé publique largement reconnu, touchant au moins une femme sur trois à travers le monde.1 La VBG peut devenir encore plus perverse dans les situations de crise où les mécanismes de protection communautaires et institutionnels sont souvent affaiblis ou détruits. Les hommes et les garçons sont également vulnérables à la violence pendant le conflit et le déplacement, notamment la violence sexuelle, quoique dans une moindre mesure que les femmes et les filles.
An examination of very young adolescents' (ages 10-14) sexual and reproductive health needs and risks. Based on research in Ethiopia, Lebanon, and Thailand.
In most countries, adolescent girls face disadvantages compared to their male peers in family roles, divisions of labor, and access to resources because they are female and young. Even before conflicts erupt or natural disasters occur, adolescent girls’ transition from childhood to adulthood is shaped by rigid expectations that have negative implications for their access to health services, schooling, and other life-shaping opportunities.
FROM "FORGOTTEN" TO "VULNERABLE" TO "VALUABLE" – PROMOTING INCLUSION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN REFUGEE AND DISPLACEMENT SETTINGS
New research throws spotlight on positive practices and ongoing gaps to meet the needs of 6.7 million displaced people with disabilities
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.
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.
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.
An estimated 58 percent of the world’s 10.5 million refugees now reside in cities. They often have few as-sets, limited support networks, and are constrained by legal, cultural and linguistic barriers.
To date, the humanitarian community has focused pri-marily on camp-based refugees. Little is known about the needs of the urban displaced. Urban refugees face multiple challenges to achieving economic security; nevertheless, they are industrious and hard working.
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.
Women's Refugee Commission Field Mission to Ethiopia
September - October 2008
It is widely believed that economic opportunities can provide women with life options, greater participation in decision-making and more equity within the household.