Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Societies for Refugee Women and Girls

A project by Women Refugee Route, WRR

WRR projects aim at reducing the information gap for, and support refugee women to, have access to their rights. We try to achieve this goal by empowering them
Although women make up half of refugees and migrants globally, policy, practice, and - to some extent - legal frameworks, regulating displacement are generally not gender sensitive. Today’s decisions on displacement are made by male-dominated groups that have not themselves experienced displacement, nor carried the label of ‘migrant’ or ‘refugee’. In addition, legislation, in this field, is increasingly adopted by way of executive measures based on procedures lacking transparency - leading to decision-making distant from the grass-root needs.
Since 2016, the team of volunteers behind WRR has worked towards more inclusive societies by transforming today’s system of decision-making by, on the one hand, bringing the political discussions to the places where the displaced women and girls or people that identify as such, concerned, are situated. On the other hand, WRR is empowering women to claim a seat at the decision-making table, by organising advocacy trainings across Europe. In this way, women in displacement can seize ownership over the decisions that concern them, get access to, and create safe spaces for discussion and personal development, as well as create change for themselves and their communities. WRR works to fuel these processes of change by actively advocating for the rights and voices of migrant and refugee women at various international, regional and national fora with our team situated in Copenhagen, Belgium and Greece. Apart from this, WRR facilitates trainings on improving the gender-sensitive and intersectional capabilities of volunteers which can be locals and non locals working on the field. Other relevant stakeholders in the field of migration and displacement can also participate. NOTE: This video can not be distributed further than for the judges to review – if a video that can be published is needed, please let us now and we will provide one as soon as possible. NOTE: the text bar questioning 'creative approach and impact' did not allow more than the first to 16 words. Here is the full text: WRR projects aim at reducing the information gap for, and support refugee women to, have access to their rights. We try to achieve this goal by empowering them to use their own voice on the matters that concern them directly. We believe refugee women should be given the tools to use their potential to the fullest with a view to generate creativity and change. This latest can only be reached if the ones concerned are actually listened to. WRR aims at creating a safe, intersectional and inclusive space for this to be achieved as we believe gender sensitive policy making should include them in a direct way.

About the Organization /Team

The team behind the organisation consists of 11 volunteer members, situated in Denmark, Belgium and Greece, with backgrounds in law, IT, policy, development, communication, gender and LGBTI, all committed next to full-time employment or studies. The founder and director, Mina Jaf, was born in Kurdistan, and fled to Europe at 11 years old with her mother and siblings. Having experienced fleeing herself, Mina has dedicated her time to refugee and women’s rights issues, bringing her personal experience and perspective on gender inequality to her vocal advocacy.
Project CategoryIncluder
Realated SDGs
5 Gender Equality 10 Reduced Inequalities 16 Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions