In Camp 24,25 in Leda, Teknaf, the Women’s Committee has been in the frontline in preparing and responding to COVID-19, particularly with the restriction of movement and the impact of access to services. Building upon past experiences and learning between GBV risk mitigation and disaster risk reduction, some key strategies have been adapted to respond to the dual challenge COVID-19 brings during monsoon season.
This report by UN Women uses a participatory methodology and looks at experiences of gender-transformative change, effective localization, and meaningful participation for women and girls affected by crisis, and provides entry points and recommendations for Grand Bargain signatories to move towards gender-transformative humanitarian action. The report demonstrates that engaging with diverse women (and women’s organizations) in their own terms, responding to their priorities and adapting to their ways of working constitute key drivers of gender-transformative change. Enhancing meaningful participation and effective localization is not only about what humanitarian responders do, but how they do it. Read the full report here!
As every country around the world navigates unprecedented restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is working directly with humanitarian partners on the front lines during this crisis to advance research-based advocacy. Critical to that is hearing from our partners about how the pandemic is affecting the lives of displaced women, children, and youth, including persons with disabilities. Read the full update here!
As part of the Women’s Participation Project rollout in Cox’s Bazar in 2018, over 100 Rohingya women formed a Women’s Committee’s with the aim of ensuring women and girls voice, concerns and needs are heard and to ensure Rohingya women can participate in camp governance structures.