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 …
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.
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.
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.
The Women's Commission undertook a field mission to Jordan from October 25 to November 2, 2008 to follow up on a mission in 2007.