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Displaced: Women and Children Seeking Safety
Over half of the world’s refugees are children under the age of 18, and women and girls constitute 50% of the refugee population. Women and children disproportionately bear the brunt of conflict and natural disaster due to the unequal access to health care, education and jobs, and an increased risk of domestic and sexual assault. With displacement comes the breakdown of societal and familial protections and when this is coupled with the economic vulnerability of refugees, the risk of gender-based violence is heightened.
Despite the magnitude of the problem, Global Washington members such World Relief, International Rescue Committee, and Extend the Day have invested in several critical areas to help women and children refugees both here and abroad. They provide safe shelter and secure access to basic needs such as light, food, water, sanitation and cooking fuel. These organizations also work to ensure women and children have equal access to services, including health care, education, and economic opportunities. Join us February 12 to hear Executive Directors from each of these organizations talk about what it takes to get this crucial work done and provide first-hand insight to the refugee crisis around the world.