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31 Dec 2008 description

Executive Summary

From June to November 2008, the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children conducted an assessment of educational and skills training opportunities available to displaced youth in Darfur. This report looks at the challenges and opportunities young people face; examines existing services targeting youth; identifies programming gaps; and provides recommendations on how donors, policymakers and field practitioners can more effectively support displaced youth in Darfur.

Almost six years into the current conflict in Darfur, there are very few education and …

05 Dec 2008 description

December 5, 2008 (New Delhi) - Every day, millions of refugee women and girls around the world risk rape, beatings-even death-as they search for the firewood they need to cook for their families. They are put squarely in harm's way as they leave the relative safety of their camps and encounter dangerous militias, corrupt soldiers and lawless rebels, and the animosity of villagers who fear their own resources being depleted.

10 Sep 2008 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that between 7 and 10 percent of the world's population live with disabilities. As such, it can be assumed that between 2.5 and 3.5 million of the world's 35 million displaced persons also live with disabilities. Among displaced persons who have fled civil conflict, war or natural disasters, the number with disabilities may be even higher.

Yet persons with disabilities remain among the most hidden, neglected and socially excluded of all displaced people today.

23 Jun 2008 description

Finds refugees with disabilities to be among the most underserved and neglected people in the world

NEW YORK/GENEVA (June 23, 2008) - The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children today released 'Disabilities among Refugees and Conflict-Affected Populations,' the first major report to address the critical needs of a virtually invisible population: refugees and people displaced within their own …

05 Feb 2008 description

The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children calls on the international community to protect women, children and young people as they flee the violence in N'Djamena, the capital of Chad. Almost half the population of the city (300,000 of 700,000 people) is reported to have fled the violence that erupted on February 1 when rebels attacked, in an attempt to oust President Idriss Déby.

08 Feb 2007 description

New York, NY, February 8, 2007-The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children is deeply concerned about proposed cuts in critical humanitarian assistance programs, including funding for refugees, in President Bush's FY 08 federal budget request.

"With the growing Iraqi refugee crisis, continued instability in Sudan, and ongoing needs in other countries in Africa and Asia, this is no time to make cuts in programs that provide life-saving assistance to people displaced by conflict," said Women's Commission Executive Director Carolyn Makinson.

31 Jan 2007 description

BACKGROUND

History of the Conflict

Sudan has been in a state of civil war for all but 12 years since it gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1956.The conflict has been drawn primarily along religious and ethnic lines between the predominantly Arab and Muslim government based in the north and the Christians and animists from a variety of ethnic groups in the south.

Sudan's first civil war began the year it became independent and continued through 1972, when the north declared Southern Sudan to be a self-governing region.

15 Dec 2006 description

Children in Darfur face many challenges in receiving an education: too few teachers, overcrowded classrooms and limited or no supplies, among others. Youth face even more difficult barriers: secondary schools do not exist in the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, leaving young people in the camps with nothing to do and little hope for the future. The ever-worsening security situation in Darfur only makes matters worse.

06 Dec 2006 description

New York , NY, December 6, 2006-After more than two decades of civil war, the people of South Sudan are coming home by the thousands, the majority women, children and youth. They are returning, however, to nearly nothing. Almost two years after a peace agreement between North and South Sudan was signed, progress has been slow to rebuild the devastated south; the returnees, particularly the women and children, are suffering greatly as a result.

12 Nov 2006 description

The Women's Commission is undertaking a field mission to assess education and livelihood opportunities in South Sudan from November 4 - 19. Please watch this space for field diary updates from Jenny Perlman Robinson and Dale Buscher (as access allows).

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN, Nov. 12, 2006-By many indicators, South Sudan is the most underdeveloped region of the world today. Two decades of war has killed approximately two million people and displaced six million.

16 Sep 2006 description

Support House Resolutions 992 and 723

Security for the more than 2 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Darfur is deteriorating significantly. Violence has increased since the signing of the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) in May and the Government of Sudan is opposing the deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping force that could help implement the DPA and halt the bloodshed.

The United States must do everything possible to end the violence in Darfur that has already claimed more than 300,000 lives and which was declared a genocide by the United States in 2004.

31 Aug 2006 description

Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies, Chronic Crises and Early Reconstruction: Darfur Case Study

Section 1: Introduction

INEE Minimum Standards Overview

The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is a global, open network of nongovernmental organizations, UN agencies, donors, practitioners, researchers and individuals from affected populations working together within a humanitarian and development framework to ensure the right to education in emergencies and post-crisis reconstruction. INEE membership …

29 Jun 2006 description

The Women's Commission is undertaking a field mission to assess education in the displaced persons camps in Darfur and in the camps/settlements around Khartoum June 14 - July 4. Please watch this space for field diary updates on the mission from Megan McKenna and Jenny Perlman Robinson (as access allows).

Kalma and Secali Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps, South Darfur, June 29, 2006-Driving through Kalma camp, home to 91,000 people-the largest IDP camp in the world today-you can see groups of young boys and girls everywhere.

26 Jun 2006 description

The Women's Commission is undertaking a field mission to assess education in the displaced persons camps in Darfur and in the camps/settlements around Khartoum June 14 - July 4. Please watch this space for field diary updates on the mission from Megan McKenna and Jenny Perlman Robinson (as access allows).

Abu Shouk IDP Camp, North Darfur, June 26, 2006 - Many women in Darfur are illiterate; there are few opportunities for girls' education in rural villages because they are responsible for domestic work, including farming, cooking, cleaning and caring for the family.

22 Jun 2006 description

The Women's Commission is undertaking a field mission to assess education in the displaced persons camps in Darfur and in the camps/settlements around Khartoum June 14 - July 4.

Zam Zam Internally Displaced Persons Camp (IDP), DARFUR, June 22, 2006-The makeshift tents and huts of Zam Zam IDP camp fill the desert landscape as far as the eye can see. The conditions are rough - sand and dust fills the air, the heat is oppressive and water a precious commodity.

19 Jun 2006 description

KHARTOUM, Sudan, June 19, 2006 - The Women's Commission today visited one displaced persons camp and one displaced settlement outside Khartoum. It is estimated that about 1.8 million displaced people live in Khartoum - about 41 percent of the residents of Khartoum. The Government of Sudan runs four official internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, but the majority of the displaced live in the many unofficial settlements around Khartoum. Most of the displaced are from South Sudan, where they fled a brutal war with the north.

31 Jul 2005 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

More than 220,000 Sudanese from Darfur have fled the ongoing violence in their region and crossed the border into the desert of eastern Chad. Most of the refugees are now in camps; however, at the time of the Women's Commission visit, several thousand remained on the border or on the periphery of some camps, waiting to be registered. The conditions are bleak: water is in very short supply and except for the southernmost camps, it is nearly impossible to farm or otherwise earn a living.

17 Feb 2005 description

"Someone who has studied compared to someone who has not studied is like darkness to light."

10 Sep 2004 description

New York, NY, September 10, 2004 -- The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children welcomes the United States' decision to declare genocide in Darfur and urges that the world provide adequate funding to help the 1.2 million Darfurians displaced from their homes, as well as the nearly 200,000 refugees in eastern Chad. Funding must include care and treatment for survivors of the widespread and systematic rape of women and girls by the Arab militia, the Janjaweed, as well as education for children and young people.

"The case is clear; the world can waste time no longer …