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Key Challenges for Refugee Policies and Programs : A Gender Perspective (English)

Forced displacement has moved to the top of the global policy agenda. Refugees face a range of challenges including limited access to education, health services, legal status, and justice, some of which are more acute for women and girls. While important strides have been made in addressing forced displacement, global and national policies have continued to outstrip progress in practice. This review examines refugee policy commitments and persisting challenges through a gender lens and finds that there are gendered barriers and deliberately exclusionary policies, which appear to be worst in countries where gender norms limit women’s mobility, autonomy, and choice. Progress on data availability has also been limited, despite long-standing commitments to improving gender (and age) disaggregated information. There is clearly a need for development partners to accord more explicit attention and resources to overcome systemic gaps excluding displaced people and especially women and girls. This now appears to be recognised in the Global Refugee Compact as well as in recent innovations to the World Bank Group’s IDA. These reforms and increased commitments and resources are needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goal to leave no-one behind.




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Klugman,Jeni Ortiz,Elena Judith Rubin,Amalia Hadas

Key Challenges for Refugee Policies and Programs : A Gender Perspective (English). Gender Dimensions of Forced Displacement Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.