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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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26 Apr 2018 description

UNRWA has started the roll-out of a GBV Training Package on Enhancing understanding of Gender-based Violence as part of the Building Safety phase 1 project. Four Trainings of Trainers ( ToTs ) are expected to take place in April and May 2018 in Lebanon, West Bank, Gaza, and Jordan.


26 Apr 2018 description
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26 April 2018; Erbil, Iraq - The Government of Australia has committed to providing UNFPA Iraq with an allocation of AUD 12 million over three years. The timely allocation will support the emergency reproductive health (RH) and gender-based violence (GBV) related services in the country. As in all humanitarian crises, women and girls are excessively affected by violence. In Iraq, gender-based violence, including sexual violence and forced marriages, was used as a weapon of war mainly by the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIS).

26 Apr 2018 description
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Annex - Fundraising 'Supporting the future of Syria and the region'
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Annex - Jordan partnership paper
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Annex - Lebanon partnership paper
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Annex - Turkey partnership paper
  1. The Second Brussels Conference on "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region" took place on 24-25 April 2018. It was hosted by the European Union and co-chaired by the United Nations.

26 Apr 2018 description


  • 245,000 Syrian Refugees expected by end-2018

  • 248,092 currently registered

  • USD 226.8 million overall funding required in 2018

  • USD 51 million (23% of total) required for Protection



26 Apr 2018 description

Key figures

  • 2.14 million IDPs remain displaced since January 2014

  • 278,047 Iraqi refugees hosted in countries in the region, with 12,105 Iraqis in camps in Al-Hassakeh Governorate, Syria

  • 646,056 IDPs in Ninewa (including as a result of the Mosul military operation)

  • 59,628 IDPs currently displaced due to military operations in Hawiga (Kirkuk) and Shirqat (Salah al-Din)

  • 44,838 IDPs currently displaced due to military operations in west Anbar

25 Apr 2018 description

ANKARA, Turkey – When Rima’s* father passed away, her happiness and independence died as well, she says.

She was just 13 years old and living in Syria at the time. Her uncles took charge, imposing strict rules. They forced her to drop out of school at 14, and forbade her from leaving the home.

“It was like a house arrest,” she said.

25 Apr 2018 description

Brussels Conference on Syria – Panel Discussion on Protection with Robert Mardini

What steps could be taken to better ensure the protection of civilians in Syria is a critical question, and it's at the centre of all the humanitarian questions facing Syria today.

25 Apr 2018 description

Brussels, 25 April 2018

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Excellencies, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, High Representative Federica [Mogherini], Staffan [de Mistura],

Thank you for gathering here today.

We have again had a chance over the last couple of days to hear from a number of Syrians themselves here in Brussels.

What ordinary Syrians want is for people to stop dropping bombs on them, to stop shelling them and to stop shooting at them. For countless Syrian children, these atrocities are the only things they have known in life. That has to stop.

25 Apr 2018 description

Mendi, Papua New Guinea – When a devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the remote Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea on February 26th, Julian Ako, just 18 years old, was heavily pregnant with her third child.

Her home, like many others near the earthquake’s epicentre, was severely damaged.

The family emerged unscathed, but a landslide contaminated their sole nearby source of safe drinking water, and with strong aftershocks, newly impassable roads and vital services disrupted, providing for her two young children was tough in the aftermath.

25 Apr 2018 description

UNFPA and partners are working around the clock to ensure the safety of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in the sprawling camps of southern Bangladesh, as they brace for monsoon cyclones, wind and rains that tear across the country for around four months each year.

Over 700,000 Rohingya refugees, more than half women and girls, have arrived in Bangladesh from neighbouring Myanmar’s Rakhine State since August 2017, swelling the population of the makeshift camps to well over 1.3 million.

25 Apr 2018 description

The UK will provide lifesaving emergency medical support and help protect medical facilities and brave humanitarian workers that are being deliberately targeted with bombs and chemical weapons by the Assad regime, the International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt will say in Brussels today (Wednesday 25 April).

24 Apr 2018 description
report UN General Assembly


Assembly President Calls for Coherence, Partnerships across United Nations Pillars

Member States must go beyond resolutions and statements and recommit to a new approach to peace, the General Assembly heard today during a high-level debate that explored opportunities for strengthening the United Nations work on sustaining peace.

24 Apr 2018 description
report Save the Children


Since 25 August 2017, Bangladesh has seen an unprecedented arrival of Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. To date more than 600,000 people have crossed the border, at a speed of displacement the world has not witnessed since the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

24 Apr 2018 description

Saving lives through SAFE cooking

WFP works to ensure that the food assistance provided can be consumed as safely and nutritiously as possible. While cooking may be thought of as a safe activity, in many circumstances, especially humanitarian and emergency settings, it poses serious risks to people’s well-being and their environment.

24 Apr 2018 description
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24 April 2018 - Erbil, Iraq – In Iraq, women and girls who have been kidnapped, raped, abused, enslaved, and forcibly displaced are facing enormous challenges in rebuilding their lives.

In addition to psychosocial support and specialized care, survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and children in contact with the law must receive the justice and protection of the criminal and civil legal justice system.

23 Apr 2018 description

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 23 April 2018– The United Nations and the European Union will host a Syrian Crisis Donors Conference in Brussels this week to raise funds to help millions of people affected by the Syria conflict.

23 Apr 2018 description

Kakuma, 23 April 2018 – Education remains out of reach for many girls around the world. In Kakuma and other refugee camps, girls continue to face difficulties when it comes to accessing education. They are the first to be kept out of school to help with family chores such as collecting water and childcare. In cases where a girl is the head of the household, she will receive the food token from camp staff so that she can queue for her family’s food, making it impossible for her to go to class.

22 Apr 2018 description

Steady rate of new arrivals continues, with majority crossing through East Darfur and South Darfur in March.

Fuel shortages slow logistics and field movements, limiting partners’ capacity to delivery humanitarian assistance.

Food pipeline breaks are ongoing across the response, with gaps in cooking oil, pulses and salt commodities.

4,348 New arrivals in March 2018

14,690 Total new arrivals in 2018

22 Apr 2018 description
report Radio Dabanga

Unidentified gunmen killed four returnees and wounded six others in an attack by unknown gunmen on the village of Jamra in South Darfur’s Katila on Thursday.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, Abakar El Tom, South Darfur MP for Katila locality reported that unknown gunmen ambushed a group of residents of Jamra village, who had earlier returned within the Voluntary Return Programme.