At UNHCR, we work hard to ease their struggle, ensuring safe shelters that offer privacy, assistance with construction or maintenance, fair food distribution systems and separate sanitation facilities. We also manage programmes that help women to improve their leadership skills, overcome barriers to education, and access opportunities.

Our work builds upon women’s own resilience and strength, and helps them to improve their lives, as well as those of their children, families and communities, every single day.

Who we work with

UNHCR is just one of many organizations working around the world to help displaced women and girls.

We take part in a number of inter-agency fora that address gender issues and sexual violence, such as the UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee's Sub-Working Group on Gender. The UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict, gathering UNHCR and other UN agencies, was set up to highlight and create awareness of abuses against women and, ultimately, to end sexual violence and make the world safer for women and girls.

UNHCR Gender Equality Promising Practices: Syrian Refugees in the Middle East and North Africa 2017

UNHCR Review of Gender Equality in Operations 2016

Age, Gender and Diversity Accountability Report 2016

Sexual and Gender Based Violence

SGBV is a violation of human rights. It denies a person dignity and hurts human development.

Greece. Refugees and migrants arrive in Lesvos.

UNHCR marks International Women's Day 2017: Refugees and staff explain why they support women's right to work