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Women represent half of the 19.6 million refugees worldwide. Women refugees are more vulnerable to gender-based and sexual violence. Their rights must be respected and their dignity must be protected.

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The world only knows them as “refugees”, but they have names, faces and stories

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“With every thread I wove…I was weaving away my sorrows”

At 47, Emm Ali* has experienced immense loss. A Syrian refugee living in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan since 2013, she found a sense of purpose as she joined UN Women’s cash-for-work programme and started weaving carpets. The cash-for-work programme is the largest employer of women refugees in the camp.

Read Emm Ali's* journey to recovery

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In host country Lebanon, refugee and rural women build entrepreneurship, cohesion and their futures

Women entrepreneurs from refugee and host communities in Lebanon are using their unique skills and creativity to build their own model of social stability in Lebanon while launching economically viable businesses.

See how women's access to employment and markets has improved

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In DRC, women refugees rebuild lives, with determination and hope

Burundi’s ongoing political turmoil has caused hundreds of thousands to flee their homes and seek shelter in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). At the Lusenda refugee camp, which is home to more than 16,000 refugees, the majority are women and girls. Hundreds of refugees have come to the Safe Haven multipurpose centres for protection and economic and social empowerment, established by UN Women. 

Here is a glimpse of life at the camp and the centres

Through the lens of daily life in Cameroon refugee camps

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As of January 2016, 243,750 people had fled the violence in Central African Republic (CAR) and become refugees in Cameroon. Through scenes of daily life in the Gado-Badzere and Ngam refugee camps in Cameroon, here is a showcase of the lives of women in the camp, their social and community bonds, and how they are using UN Women’s safe spaces, psychosocial support and business trainings. 

See a showcase of these women’s lives

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