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Understanding how crises affect women and men, girls and boys of different ages and disparities is critical to effective humanitarian preparedness and response. Women, girls, boys and men have distinct needs, priorities, responsibilities, limitations and protection needs. They are exposed to differential risks and vulnerabilities but also play unique and important roles in preparedness and in responding to emergencies, conflicts and building peace within their respective communities. Gender equality in humanitarian action is about better targeting and programming and therefore about effectiveness of humanitarian action reaching all segments of the affected population.

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16 Jan 2019 description

Lu Tawng was facing a crisis within a crisis. In 2011, at the age of 11, she fled from her home together with her parents and the war reached her village in Myanmar’s conflict-torn Kachin State. Seven years later she still lived with her parents in a camp for displaced people. But when she became unintentionally pregnant, she was made to marry a man she did not know, and who is more than twice her age.

15 Jan 2019 description

Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering 905,831 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 31 August 2018.

Approximately 231,000 of all the refugees in Ethiopia, have gone through the comprehensive (L3) registration, helping to develop a system to better manage and assist refugees.

15 Jan 2019 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and 35 partners are today jointly appealing for US$296 million to provide desperately needed aid in 2019 to some 345,000 Burundian refugees in neighbouring countries.

Burundi is one of the most neglected refugee situations globally. And measurably so: in 2018 it was among the world’s least-funded.

15 Jan 2019 description

As the war in Syria approaches its ninth year, the humanitarian situation is continually evolving, and the needs of the affected populations remain high. Even as some parts of Syria appear to be stabilizing, the crisis has long since passed a tipping point in terms of generational change, and its effects will undoubtedly continue for many years to come. This is particularly true in the case of women and girls due to the deeprooted complexity of the issues they continue to face on a daily basis.

15 Jan 2019 description

The humanitarian context in northeast Nigeria

Nine years of conflict between the military and non-state armed groups have taken a heavy toll on the population, with serious humanitarian consequences. Thousands of people have been killed; others have been deprived of access to medical care and died of easily treatable disease such as malnutrition and malaria.

14 Jan 2019 description

QUETTA, 14 January 2019: It was an uphill task for a 27-year-old Afghan refugee girl to live in a traditional society having no source of income, skills and exposure – but thanks to UNHCR’s Safe from the Start programme which skilled her and empowered her, she is becoming self-reliant.

Born and raised in Quetta, Fareeda Bibi’s family fled Afghanistan due to war. She and her younger sister were very young when their father decided to go back to Afghanistan in search of job opportunities, where he was killed.

14 Jan 2019 description

1,067 IDPs Profiled during a profiling exercise at UNMISS Bor Protection of Civilian site.

12,000+ Households with identified persons with specific needs received non-food items (NFIs) across South Sudan during the reporting period.

10 Peace outreach visits took place throughout Maban county, conducted by UNHCR and the Joint Peace Committee.



291,824 Refugees inside South Sudan as of 31 December 2018.

13 Jan 2019 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationTeddy Atim, Visiting Fellow, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University

13 Jan 2019 description
report BBC Media Action

This research briefing shares findings from a qualitative study on perceptions of gender-based violence within the Rohingya refugee community in Bangladesh, and considers the implications for communicating on these issues.

Publication date: November 2018

Authors: Md. Arif Al Mamun, Nicola Bailey, Moiyedul Azam Koreshi and Fariha Rahman


12 Jan 2019 description
report Human Rights Watch

Asadullah Khalid Implicated in Sexual Assault, Torture

Brad Adams
Asia Director

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s appointment in December of Asadullah Khalid as defense minister should have rung alarm bells not only in Kabul, but in the capitals of Afghanistan’s major donors. That it didn’t says a lot about how little human rights matter to an increasingly shaky government, and to donors looking for an exit from the long Afghan war.

12 Jan 2019 description
report UN Security Council
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The present report covers the period from 13 March to 23 November 2018. The Panel has continued to monitor developments in Darfur and in the region in accordance with its mandate.

11 Jan 2019 description


  • The first draft of the Joint Response Plan (JRP) was presented by the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) and Sector coordinators to the Strategic Executive Group (SEG) and the Government of Bangladesh.

  • The construction of a Shetter/NFI Distribution Point in Camp 20 extension has been completed and is ready for the launch of Shelter's Phase III programme.

  • New Health Facilities in Camp 15 and Camp 18 provide essential health services to refugees and host communities.

11 Jan 2019 description
report Refugee Council

It was announced earlier this week that new asylum accommodation contracts have been awarded to three major private sector providers, Serco, Mears and Clearsprings. A full list of all contracts awarded is below.

10 Jan 2019 description

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of the start of a new mandate for President Nicolás Maduro on January 10, following an election process that failed to reach the minimum standards of free and fair elections in the country, the Commission warns of the further weakening of Venezuelan institutions, of persistent structural issues affecting human rights and of the serious consequences that a Venezuelan withdrawal from the OAS would have for the Venezuelan people.

10 Jan 2019 description

YANGON, Myanmar – “If I had known about safe sex in my teens, my life would never have turned out this way,” 21-year-old Sithu* told UNFPA. He contracted HIV two years ago.

Sithu had always dreamed of working abroad to support his parents. He enrolled in university, and things looked promising – until he learned he was HIV positive.

“The first thing that came to my mind was to take my own life,” Sithu said. “I could not believe that this was happening to me. Why me?”

“My soul still aches”

10 Jan 2019 description
report UN Security Council


Ensuring full respect for human rights will be key for the success of several elections due to take place in 2019 in West Africa and the Sahel amidst a highly challenging security environment, the head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) told the Security Council today.

10 Jan 2019 description
report ACTED

In Afghanistan, women’s community centres play a critical role in addressing gender-based violence and helping women reintegrate back into society in a position of increased agency. ACTED is collaborating with the Organization of Promoting Afghan Women's Capabilities (OPAWC) to provide livelihoods training to women in Kabul, aimed at reducing vulnerability and supporting women of all ages in gaining higher degrees of social and economic independence.

How have things improved for Afghan women?

10 Jan 2019 description

Key issues in the past week:

6,000 new IDPs reported this week.

Food cluster reached nearly 287,000 people in need in 11 provinces with 2,614 metric tons (mt) of food and US$ 460,000 in cash transfers.

A total of 349,794 people have been verified as displaced by conflict in 2018.

Key numbers of the past week:

6,015 new IDPs reported in the past week

349,794 total verified IDPs in 2018

377,096 people assisted in the past week

Countrywide conflict displacement

10 Jan 2019 description

Over 730,000 refugees fled Myanmar since August 2017 and are hosted in Bangladesh. Women and girls, as well as men and boys, have reported sexual violence in Myanmar. In Bangladesh, the challenging living conditions exposed them to other sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) risks, including scarce livelihood opportunities, violence by intimate partners, sexual exploitation, trafficking, and child/forced marriages.