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"The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too." So said Rose Schneiderman, a prominent trade union leader of the early 1900s. That's the motto of Bread and Roses, whose founders Sneh Jani and Olivia Head believe in helping refugee women to flourish through training and employment.

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For #WomensDay, we asked women around the world why work is important. Here's what they said. Full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xepn2Ekia3c Information for media: If you would like to use this video to communicate refugee stories or require B-Roll, transcripts, stills or much more information, please contact us at drozditb [at] unhcr.org or tibaw [at] unhcr.org.

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Former refugee, Rez Gardi is the first female Kurdish lawyer in New Zealand and Young New Zealander of the Year 2017. Rez believes International Women’s Day is an important time to celebrate the accomplishments of women and support one another to achieve their goals.

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British Yazidi girl and anti-FGM campaigner among winners of Women on the Move Awards 2017. The 2017 Women on the Move Awards, presented by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and Migrants Organise, will recognise two exceptional refugees for their outstanding work to empower women. 

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It is eight o’clock in the morning. As punctual as ever, Jamila Ali Hassan, 30, opens the creaking door of the Dairy Retail Cooperative in the Melkadida refugee camp, ready to receive the farmers who beat a path to the door.

UNFPA

DAMASCUS, Syria - Fatima and Rasha welcomed new children into the world on the same day - an experience that would be completely unremarkable if not for their circumstances. Both women are living in uncertainty after fleeing the conflict in northern Syria, part of a wave of displacements that continues to grow.

A migrant gestures from behind the bars of a cell at a detention centre in Libya, Tuesday 31 January. Photo: UNICEF/Romenzi
UN News Centre

A senior United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) official is calling the routes from sub-Saharan Africa into Libya and across the sea to Europe one of the "world's deadliest and most dangerous for children and women," as the agency reported that nearly half of the women and children interviewed after making the voyage were raped.

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UNHCR welcomes a recent amendment to the nationality law in Madagascar, which gives men and women equal rights to pass on nationality to children. The new law also helps spouses and children to retain their nationality, if a partner or a parent loses theirs.

UN Women

"When my husband beat me, I came here," said Bu Meh (alias), a Karenni mother of five from Myanmar. She was referring to a community-based multi-sectoral project that works to end violence against women and supports survivors in one of the many Karenni refugee camps dotted along the Thailand-Myanmar border.

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In August 2015, she and her younger sister Yusra took the same hazardous route to Lesvos themselves, as refugees fleeing the war in their native Syria.

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