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I’m Here: Adolescent Girls in Emergencies

The WRC's newest report features tools to identify, protect, serve and engage girls from the earliest days of a crisis.

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Livelihoods in Emergencies: A Double-edged Sword

Well-intentioned but poorly implemented livelihoods programs can harm refugees. Here's how to make them safe and effective.

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Strong Girls, Powerful Women

New research on how to identify & address adolescent girls' unique needs.

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A Humanitarian Crisis at Our Border

Read why unprecedented numbers of children from Central America are seeking safety in the U.S.

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The Women's Refugee Commission is celebrating 25 years of improving the lives and protecting the rights of refugee women and children.

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Through field research missions, we identify critical problems affecting displaced women, children and youth. We document best practices, propose solutions, and develop tools to improve the way humanitarian aid is delivered.

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Our reports include research findings, analysis and recommendations that lead to meaningful changes in policy and practice. We also publish manuals and tools that guide humanitarian workers as they develop and implement programs.

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Our advocacy results in real and lasting changes, ensuring that refugees and displaced people can lead healthier, safer and more productive lives.

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Emma Pearce, program officer, disabilities, has an article in Forced Migration Review's special 25th anniversary edition about the needs and rights of persons with disabilities among displaced populations.

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Our Latest Reports

I'm Here: Adolescent Girls in Emergencies Report

I’m Here: Adolescent Girls in Emergencies is a resource for emergency response staff. It outlines an operational approach and recommendations that can help humanitarian sectors be more accountable to adolescent girls from the start of an emergency.

A Double-edged Sword: Livelihoods in Emergencies

During emergencies, women, girls, boys and men draw on their assets while navigating a complex landscape of changing power dynamics, unequal access to resources and information, and threats of violence and displacement. Assets in emergency contexts are a double-edged sword: they can help people overcome crises but can also quickly turn into liabilities, increasing vulnerability to gender-based violence and insecurity.

This report presents findings from a year-long research project on current practices through field assessments, a literature review and expert interviews. The report also offers a draft tool, the Cohort Livelihoods and Risk Analysis (CLARA), for further field testing and research. This draft tool seeks to include an analysis of different risks for individuals in livelihood assessments and program design.

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