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Making Livelihoods Safe for Women in Northern Iraq

The street-facing walls of the mukhtar’s house have recently been plastered and painted yellow, but the back side is still pocked by bullet holes marking ISIS’s siege a few months ago. Families started returning to northern Diyala in the Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRI) in the last few weeks, as soon as the Peshmerga certified the village clear of IEDs (some were booby-trapped pencils to entice children). And the area now hosts many Arab families that have fled here from other parts of Iraq; they sold their sheep and jewelry along the journey, have depleted their savings, and are being hosted in chicken barns.

The rights of women and refugee girls in the European crisis can’t be ignored

Around the world, women fleeing conflict and violence are undertaking perilous journeys during which they are often raped and exploited. And the violence directed against them doesn’t end when they stop running. But we haven’t seen these women much. They’re outside the frame of the journalists’ photos and they are not prioritized in the emergency response.  

We Can’t Help “Every Woman” if We Forget Refugees

Over the last decade there has been some terrific progress in the development sector, most notably in the recognition of women as drivers of change and the importance of their political, economic and social participation in society. We’re even seeing recognition of the importance of sexual and reproductive health not only as a human right but as an important factor in economic development.

What is often not acknowledged in these discussions – or at least not seriously – are the women in displacement, even while their numbers reach jaw dropping highs.

The Complex History and Tragic Return of Family Detention

Family detention has expanded dramatically in the last year--but the root causes, policies and efforts surrounding it reach further into the past. This interactive timeline charts the rise, recession, and resurgence of family detention. Though it all, one lesson is clear: there is no humane way to detain families. 

World Refugee Day: 60 Million Displaced

We mark World Refugee Day with the stark reality that nearly 60 million people around the world are living in displacement, having been forced by violence or conflict to flee their homes. We asked five former refugees for their thoughts. 

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Giving Birth When the Health Center Has Been Washed Away

What happens if you’re pregnant and start hemorrhaging, but the health care center has been destroyed? In a recent 3-day training of trainers, the WRC addressed exactly this question. 

Cooking Dinner, Risking Rape

For refugee women, cooking dinner can be an all-day affair – and a dangerous one. The WRC's decade of work on Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) recently recieved a Green Star Award.

Adolescent Girls as Humanitarian Partners

For humanitarians to follow through on our promises to empower girls, they must become partners in the humanitarian process. This is what that looks like.

Chance of Citizenship Also Destroyed in Nepal

A gender-discriminatory nationality law means that thousands of Nepali children born after the earthquake may be unable to claim citizenship. This puts them at risk of marginalization, decreased education and healthcare, and poverty.

Local Civil Society Consulted at HQ, Less So in the Field

Local organizations are perfectly placed to help crisis-affected communities. Their work merits attention--as well as funding and leadership roles--at the field level. 

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