Displaced Women and Girls at Risk: Risk Factors, Protection Solutions and Resource Tools

Manual and Guideline
Originally published


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.

In addition to supporting the work of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, this document is an effort to broaden the understanding of field-based practitioners in the humanitarian community about women and girls at risk so as to engage them in more effectively addressing the protection needs and protection solutions of women and girls.

This paper aims to clarify risks leading to displacement, risk factors during displacement and risks that inhibit safe and sustainable return. Additionally, the paper looks at protection solutions in the context of displacement and in situations of return. Finally, the paper presents tools for assessing risks and for identifying good field practices that reduce the risks displaced and returnee women and girls confront.