The gender inequality and discrimination that refugee women and girls face are not only related to their forced displacement; it is also a systemic cause of conflict and vulnerability, and the use of rape as a weapon of war.
On this day, we recall the heavy toll on women’s rights and well-being of decades of violence, displacement and protracted conflict. We commit to continue to build strong partnerships with women human rights defenders, mediators, peacebuilders, leaders of refugee-led associations and grassroots women’s civil society organizations to support women and refugee girls and returnees. We are committed to ensuring that the rights and priorities of women and girls are at the center of humanitarian responses and that discriminatory social norms and harmful practices are transformed and strengthen our ability to lead these efforts in national humanitarian teams. We look forward to the day when all survivors of sexual violence, internally displaced, refugee and returnee women and girls will have access to justice and full recognition of their human rights. And, most importantly, to a day when no woman or girl is vulnerable to violence or displacement.