Advocacy

WRR works towards a whole-of-society and gender-responsive approach to decision-making in the field of mobility and displacement. Our team is actively advocating for the refugee women’s rights and opening up channels for their voices at various international, regional and national forums with our team.

2019

WRR co-develops the AGD Tip Sheet for GRF Pledges

Women Refugee Route is part of the group of NGOs which co-developed the ‘AGD Tip Sheet for GRF Pledges’ in order to help ensure Age, Gender and Diversity Inclusive Pledges and good practices for the #GlobalRefugeeForum which will take place on 17 and 18 December 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Find the #AGDTipSheet here!

2018

WRR contribution to UNHCR Annual NGO Consultation

Please check our full contribution to the consultation.

WRR open letter to the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management

WRR joined forces with fellow rights and aid groups from across Europe and signed the open letter to the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management, Mr. Christos Stylianides calling for immediate action to stop the loss of lives in the Mediterranean. 

Read the full letter here.

WRR publication for OECD forum

Despite making up 50% of the world’s refugees and migrants, gender is rarely considered as part of the challenge for displaced women. Mina Jaf, Founder & director of Women Refugee Route, says that the realities of a woman’s experience as a refugee or migrant must be recognised and integrated into policy making.

Read more

2017

WRR at the UN Security Council 

On May 15, WRR’s founder Mina Jaf gave a statement to the United Nations Security Council on behalf of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security.
The statement was given as part of the Open Debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict, which is a debate that is helddebate held twice a year. The invitation to give a statement was WRR’s opportunity to stress the need for greater support to victims of sexual violence in conflict from NGOs on the ground.

Read the full statement here.

WRR at the Feminist Forum Week in Brussel

In March, Mina Jaf was invited to speak at the “Feminst Forum Week”, organised around the International Women’s Day 2017, in a session on the right to asylum and the situation of refugee women. During her intervention she urged participating Members of the European Parliament, relevant stakeholders and representatives of other NGOs and institutions, to use their power and influence to give refugee women more opportunities to raise their concerns and needs towards decision makers. She claimed that everyone has a certain amount of power, which one must use to empower others.

Please find more information on the Feminist Forum Week here.

WRR at the UN Women’s Youth Forum

On 11 March 2017, the UN Women’s Youth Forum took part of the 61st Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. WRR was represented by one of our team members, who exchanged ideas with young delegates from all over the world.

“Let’s put power back into women empowerment”

Read more about UN Women and their work for refugee women here.

Civil Society Forum, Brussels

31 of January Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen hosted the two-day long Civil Society Forum on Access to Protection in Europe, in Brussels. Mina Jaf was invited on behalf of WRR to present the opening remarks of the forum and to participate in the workshops and debates.

Read here for more information

Feminist Forum Week, Brussels

In March, Mina Jaf was invited to speak at the “Feminst Forum Week”, organised around the International Women’s Day 2017, in a session on the right to asylum and the situation of refugee women. During her intervention she urged participating Members of the European Parliament, relevant stakeholders and representatives of other NGOs and institutions, to use their power and influence to give refugee women more opportunities to raise their concerns and needs towards decision makers. She claimed that everyone has a certain amount of power, which one must use to empower others.

Folkemødet (Political Festical), Bornholm

Women Refugee Route was invited by the European Commission in Denmark to join their activities at The People’s Political Festival in Denmark June 15 to June 18, 2017. The People’s Political Festival takes place at Bornholm where Danish politicians, people and representatives from organisations meet to discuss and facilitate space for debate on current political issues. Women Refugee Route was honoured to take part in a race where people could participate in groups and follow a route representing a refugee’s journey from the country of origin to the destination country. This gave us the opportunity to address the importance of including the voice of refugees in political debates and engage with people on how to best support refugees.

High Commissioner Dialogue on Protection Challenges, Geneva

The tenth annual High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges took place on 12 and 13 December 2017 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. WRR’s presence at the Dialogue event brought a fruitful insight on how the commitments agreed by United Nations Member States that apply to refugees reflect an understanding that protecting those who are forced to flee, and supporting the countries and communities that shelter them, are shared through international responsibilities. In addition, New York Declaration called upon UNHCR to initiate the application of the CRRF and to develop a global compact on refugees, which will now have seen as presented in 2018.

Read here for more information

Co-signing Recommendations on the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security

Women Refugee Route is proud to be one of 391 signatories of the Open Letter to Permanent Representatives to the UN: Recommendations on the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security (WPS). We agree with the WPs’ fundamental principles and its agenda to strongly promote gender equality, women’s empowerment and the protection of women’s rights, as they are intrinsic to sustainable development and conflict prevention. Women’s meaningful participation in conflict resolution, humanitarian efforts, peace processes, peacebuilding, elections, security sector reform, and political processes are also fundamental to sustaining peace.

Read the recommendations here