A Sudanese refugee in Chad’s Amboko camp. Displacement is often hardest on the elderly. / UNHCR / Zalmaï
In any displaced population, approximately 50 percent of the uprooted people are women and girls. Stripped of the protection of their homes, their government and sometimes their family structure, females are particularly vulnerable. They face the rigours of long journeys into exile, official harassment or indifference and frequent sexual abuse, even after reaching an apparent place of safety. Women must cope with these threats while being nurse, teacher, breadwinner and physical protector of their families. In the last few years, UNHCR has developed a series of special programmes to ensure women have equal access to protection, basic goods and services as they attempt to rebuild their lives.
On International Women’s Day UNHCR highlights, through images from around the world, the difficulties faced by displaced women, along with their strength and resilience.