Your support provides protection for vulnerable women and girls

Women and girls are among those most at risk of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) as a result of conflict and displacement. They are vulnerable at every stage of their journey: during conflict, during flight and in their place of refuge.

UNHCR supports displaced women and girls through programmes such as a referral system for SGBV survivors so they can receive medical treatment; psychosocial services and legal support; public education and awareness programs; and livelihood projects and skills training.

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Our donations in action

Sister Angélique at her bakery in Dungu

Young women from Central African Republic in a Congolese refugee camp

Young actors perform a play about sexual and gender-based violence at a Congolese school in Masisi, DRC

Women by a sexual health awareness board in Kalinga camp, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Providing Protection

People fleeing war, disaster or persecution can be very vulnerable. UNHCR supplies displaced people with essential items, food and shelter to protect them from having to make dangerous decisions to survive. On a larger scale, UNHCR negotiates safe passage, asylum spaces and humanitarian access, upholding the rights of refugees and minimising the threat of violence, including sexual assault.

Providing Livelihoods

The opportunity to work and earn a living is one of the most effective ways for displaced people to rebuild their dignity. UNHCR supports livelihood programs to foster skills development and self-sufficiency among refugee populations. These programs also allow refugees to contribute to their host economy, creating strong social ties with the community.

Providing Safe Places

UNHCR operates safe spaces for the most vulnerable refugees. Children travelling alone are given special support and safe accommodation while UNHCR staff search for their relatives or carers. Throughout Europe, UNHCR works with UNICEF to operate ‘blue dot’ hubs for child and family support, providing child services, play areas and counselling. For displaced girls, safe spaces in refugee camps are essential for preventing abuse and exploitation. LGBTI refugees are also offered safe spaces to protect them from harm and discrimination.

Providing Medication

UNHCR facilitates access to basic healthcare for refugees through camp clinics and local healthcare providers. Priority health services include emergency medical care for those who have suffered violence, reproductive services and treatment for infants and the elderly. UNHCR also coordinates immunisation programs to prevent the spread of diseases in crowded refugee settings.

Providing Counselling

Displacement due to armed conflict, persecution, or disaster puts significant psychological and social stress on individuals, families and communities. UNHCR provides counselling to refugee populations to address trauma arising from displacement. These services are particularly vital for survivors of torture and of sexual and gender-based violence.

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