Women’s Refugee Commission
http://womensrefugeecommission.org

Note: The “Women’s Refugee Commission” was known as “Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children” until 2009.
 
Source description last updated: 19 August 2014
 
In brief:
The Women’s Refugee Commission is a U.S.-based non-governmental organisation aiming to improve the lives and protect the rights of displaced women and children.
 
Coverage on ecoi.net:

Selected reports.
Covered monthly on ecoi.net, for countries of priorities A-C.
 
Mission/Mandate/Objectives:

“Our mission is to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. We research their needs, identify solutions and advocate for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice.
Our vision is a world in which refugee and internally displaced women, children and youth:
- are safe, healthy and self-reliant;
- have their human rights respected and protected; and
- inform and drive their own solutions and development.

The Women's Refugee Commission is an expert resource and advocacy organization that monitors the care and protection of refugee women and children. We speak out on issues of concern to refugee and displaced women, children and adolescents, who have a critical perspective in bringing about change but often do not have access to governments and policy makers. We also provide opportunities for refugee women and youth to speak for themselves through briefings, testimony, participation in field assessments and international conferences.” (Women’s Refugee Commission: About us, undated)
 
Funding:
The Women’s Refugee Commission is legally part of the US non-profit organization International Rescue Committee (IRC). “However, the Women’s Refugee Commission receives no direct financial support from the IRC.” (Women's Refugee Commission: Financial Report, 2013)
 
The Women's Refugee Commission is supported by foundations, government grants, individual contributions, donated goods & services and United Nations grants. (Women's Refugee Commission: Financial Report, 2013)
 
Scope of reporting:

Geographic focus: All countries.
Thematic focus: “We seek to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children and youth displaced by war, persecution and natural disaster. We accomplish this by researching their needs, identifying solutions and advocating for policies and programs to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice.” (Women’s Refugee Commission: Fact sheet, undated,  p. 2)
 
Methodology:
“The Women's Refugee Commission serves as a watchdog and an expert resource, offering solutions and  providing technical assistance. Staff and board members carry out an active program of research and advocacy, making recommendations on how to  improve assistance to refugee women and children to policy makers in the United States government and UN agencies, and to NGOs. Professional staff--experts in health care, anthropology, gender, children and refugee law--travel to refugee camps, detention centers and other areas where there are thousands of displaced families to conduct field research, technical training and convene meetings. In addition, the Women's Refugee Commission sends fact-finding delegations of professionals to meet with refugee women and children around the world and learn firsthand of their needs and conditions. Recent delegations have traveled to Jordan, southern Sudan, Colombia, Liberia and Thailand.” (Women’s Refugee Commission: About us, undated)
 
Language(s) of publications:
English.
 
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ecoi.net summary:
Formerly known as Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children (until 2009)
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http://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/
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