An increasing number of refugees worldwide are women and children. They face various forms of violence at every stage of their journey, including rape, sexual exploitation and abuse, trafficking, early and forced marriage, and domestic violence. Women travelling alone and those accompanied only by their children are particularly vulnerable to abuse, as are pregnant women, adolescent girls, unaccompanied minors and persons with disabilities.
We research protection gaps, identify solutions and advocate for programs and policies that effectively protect these vulnerable groups from violence. We campaign for a coordinated response that addresses the humanitarian and protection needs of refugee women and children, and includes medical, psychosocial, legal and judicial response services.