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"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.

UNHCR

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.

UNHCR

Although she was born to Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk camp in Damascus, Lujain looked forward to a bright future while growing up. "We had a house, a car, everything a Syrian citizen had," she recalls.

UNHCR

Nominations are now open for the Women on the Move Award 2017. Do you know a woman who should be celebrated for their outstanding contribution to the community? The Women on the Move Awards celebrate exceptional refugee and migrant women who have done exceptional work towards women's empowerment and integration.

UNHCR

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - The nightmares have gone. But the memories remain. Yolande Mabika remembers running for her life when rebels attacked her home in Bukavu, eastern Congo more than 20 years ago. She was eight. That was the last time she saw her family. They had scattered in other directions.

UN Women

Date: 23 May 2016 In an effort to build consensus to end the Syrian crisis, a diverse group of over 130 Syrian women political and civil society activists met in Beirut, Lebanon from 20-22 May and forged a statement of unity, overcoming significant political divides.

OCHA

UN OCHA co-hosted a high-level round table on 17 March to highlight the importance of women's and girls' rights, resiliency and leadership roles in humanitarian action, including concerted steps to address gender-based violence.

UN Women

At CSW60, government representatives, civil society groups and high-level UN officials highlighted the centrality of gender equality in humanitarian action and urged world leaders to make concrete commitments at the World Humanitarian Summit in May.

UN News Centre

Top United Nations officials today called on leaders to attend the World Humanitarian Summit in May and make concrete commitments to enhance gender equality, as women and girls are "central" to humanitarian action.

In view of addressing gender-based violence (GBV) holistically, in 2009, UNRWA adopted a multisectoral approach informed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines for GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Settings. Work on addressing GBV has focused on the building of referral systems in the five fields of UNRWA operations, including training staff, ensuring that survivors have access to internal as well as external services, and awareness-raising at the community level.

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