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01 Dec 2008 description

Engaging men and boys has emerged as a vital strategy for ending gender based violence, including in refugee and post-conflict settings. While prevention and response activities are essential, the humanitarian community and host country service providers understand that they must move beyond simply addressing each individual case of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and begin to address the societal, cultural, economic, religious and political systems that either perpetuate or allow for violence based on gender to continue.

01 Dec 2008 description

From June to November 2008, the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children (Women's Commission) conducted an assessment of educational and skills training programs for displaced youth (approximately ages 15-24) in Darfur as part of its Global Initiative on Displaced Youth. This three-year research and advocacy initiative aims to increase international attention and support for educational and vocational opportunities young people need to prepare them for constructive adulthoods while they are displaced as well as when it is safe to return home or be resettled elsewhere.

01 Jun 2008 description

This report is the culmination of a six-month project commissioned by the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children and co-funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to address the rights and needs of displaced persons with disabilities, with a particular focus on women (including older women), children and youth.

01 Jun 2008 description

This resource kit is intended for United Nations (UN), nongovernmental organization (NGO), community-based organization (CBO) and disabled persons' organization (DPO) field staff working with refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons (IDPs) with disabilities. It is intended to provide practical ideas on how to improve services and protection for people with disabilities and enhance their inclusion and participation in community affairs.

01 May 2008 description

More than 37 million people live in the world as refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), uprooted from their homes by conflict and persecution. While 11.4 million live as refugees and asylum seekers, more than twice that number-26 million-are internally displaced. An additional 25 million people have been displaced due to natural disasters. Forced displacement from homes, exposure to violence and poverty, and separation from families and communities cause refugees and IDPs to confront extraordinary difficulties that affect their reproductive health (RH).

01 Dec 2007 description

This book has been created for children and youth, parents, teachers and communities. It is meant to raise awareness of everyone's right to education and to encourage communities to work for educational services for all children and youth. The information in this book is based on international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law.

30 Nov 2007 description
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About the MISP Distance Learning Module

The MISP for Reproductive Health (RH) is a coordinated set of priority activities designed to: prevent and manage the consequences of sexual violence; reduce HIV transmission; prevent excess maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity; and plan for comprehensive RH services in the early days and weeks of an emergency. The MISP distance learning module aims to increase humanitarian actors’ knowledge of these priority RH services to initiate at the onset of a crisis situation.

01 Aug 2007 description

While only a small percentage of refugees from around the world get resettled to a third country each year, much can be learned from them about the services that were available to them during displacement and how those services assisted or failed to assist with integration and adjustment to their new country. Many of the lessons learned and services provided as part of the resettlement and integration process may also be applicable in situations of displacement, as well as in cases of return/reintegration to the country of origin or local integration in the country of asylum.

01 Feb 2007 description

Youth, a stage of life marked by uncertainty, change and challenge, is a time of enormous potential, enthusiasm and energy, when young people make choices based on available opportunities to plan for their transition to adulthood.

Young people displaced by conflict, however, have few opportunities and, as a result, this stage of life is often characterized by idleness, violence and poverty. As the average length of displacement continues to extend, youth are increasingly vulnerable to sexual and economic exploitation and recruitment into armies and militias.

31 Dec 2006 description

The United Nations is mandated to mainstream gender through its agencies and in all of its operations.

01 Sep 2006 description

The Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) is a series of actions needed to respond to the reproductive health needs of populations in the early phase of a refugee situation (which may or may not be an emergency). The MISP is not just kits of equipment and supplies; it is a set of activities that must be implemented in a coordinated manner by appropriately trained staff.
September 2006 document replaces 2003 version.

31 Jul 2006 description

This paper, based on the research and findings, considers how WFP mainstreams gender and offers recommendations on enhancing mainstreaming efforts by WFP and UNHCR in the context of food security and displacement. It provides an overview of WFP's age and gender mainstreaming policies and highlights organizational efforts to implement those policies.

30 Jun 2006 description

The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children has been partnering with UNHCR on its global rollout of age, gender and diversity mainstreaming (AGDM) since 2004. In recognition of the significant amount of work implemented by NGO partners for and with refugee/displaced populations, this study was undertaken to identify the existence of gender and child protection policies, as well as mainstreaming policies if any, amongst UNHCR's major international and national NGO partners.

31 May 2006 description

Following reports of sexual exploitation of refugees in West Africa in 2001 and in Nepal in 2003, the UN Secretary General issued a Bulletin in October 2003 obliging UN agencies and their nongovernmental partners to prevent, and when suspected, to investigate any sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (SEA) by humanitarian staff. Humanitarian organizations, galvanized by the reports of refugee abuse, began adopting and revising Codes of Conduct and other related policies.

01 Mar 2006 description

This report identifies effective strategies and alternatives that displaced women and girls can use as fuel other than firewood. This is in view of the fact that the environment that surrounds refugee or internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, particularly in situations of ongoing conflict, is notoriously dangerous. Yet every day, in hundreds of camps around the world, millions of women and girls venture out into this danger, risking rape, assault, abduction, theft, exploitation or even murder, in order to collect enough firewood to cook for their families.

01 Feb 2006 description

This paper and accompanying checklists build on research, reports and tools developed by the University of New South Wales' Centre for Refugee Research to better understand what places women at risk, and how to respond to immediate
needs and prevent further harm to their safety and well-being.

01 Jan 2005 description

Youth Speak Out provides new information and practical ideas generated by young people themselves for further coordinated advocacy and immediate action for and with young people affected by armed conflict based on experience gained about what is needed and what works.

01 May 2004 description

The Emergency Contraception for Conflict-Affected Settings: A Reproductive Health Response in Conflict Consortium Distance Learning Module has been developed to meet the need for increased awareness and knowledge about emergency contraception (EC) among health service providers working with refugee and internally displaced populations (IDPs).