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The Multiple Tragedies of Syria’s Displaced Women, and Why the G20 Needs to Pay Attention

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Nov 16, 2015 / 0 Comments

Roughly half of the World’s 60 million plus displaced people - 19 million refugees and 41 million internally displaced people (IDPs) - are female. This the highest number ever recorded and the numbers continue to rise. According to the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Gutierrez “we are witnessing…an unchecked slide into an era in which the scale of global forced displacement as well as the response required is now clearly dwarfing anything seen before”.


Women, already facing multiple inequalities, face significantly greater risks in displacement – especially discrimination, grinding harassment, and often sexual and gender based violence. Host and transit countries need to be aware of the specific dangers faced by women and try and provide for the safety and special services they require, especially for the most vulnerable, i.e. unaccompanied women and children, female headed families, and pregnant, disabled, and older women. However, many countries are overwhelmed with the sheer numbers they face and unable to adequately respond despite the efforts of local and international humanitarian agencies.



Continue reading the article on World Bank MENA blog here.

Omer Karasapan

Omer Karasapan is the Middle East and North Africa Region's Knowledge and Learning Coordinator. Previously he was the Knowledge Coordinator for the PREM Network and has also worked in the World Bank's Private Sector Development Department, as well as in the Private Participation in Infrastructure Division. Prior to joining the World Bank in 1989, he worked for Human Rights Watch as a consultant and also taught at the New York University.


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