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Survivors, Protectors, Providers: Refugee Women Speak Out

 

A decade ago UNHCR organized its first global Dialogue with Refugee Women. Participants came together to reflect upon the hardships, challenges and prospect for solutions which had marked their experiences as refugees. Five over-arching protection issues emerged which were subsequently to become the basis for the High Commissioner’s Five Commitments to Refugee Women. Now, ten years on, in the context of UNHCR’s commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention, another major series of consultations with refugee women has been undertaken. Encompassing seven countries and over 1,000 refugee and displaced women, girls, men and boys, the 2011 process of Regional Dialogues has sought to gauge the degree to which the Five Commitments had been acted upon and what critical protection needs yet remain. “We have to talk about everything – one thing leads to another – we have to break the cycle”. This was a commonly voiced sentiment.

To read the full report please download the pdf file attached below.

Author: 
UNHCR- Eileen Pittaway and Linda Bartolomei
Published Date: 
20/06/2014
Document/File: 
Issue: 
Peace and Security
Culturally Justified Violence Against Women