Watching Out For Women Refugees

Caritas Internationalis highlighted the plight of three million women experiencing crisis as long-term refugees on World Refugee Day, June 20. Women refugees are particularly vulnerable to human rights abuses in cases where they have been forced to leave their homes for standing periods. Caritas said the international community can do better in protecting them from violence. There are over 10 million refugees in the world today. About two-thirds are caught in crises of five years or longer. Women make up 49 percent of the refugee population. They are frequently fleeing conflicts in places like Colombia, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan. “Women can become victims of violence in these camps,” said Martina Liebsch, Director of Policy for Caritas Internationalis. “They are more vulnerable to attacks, as they frequently have to leave the camps for basic supplies for their families, such as firewood and water.” Caritas says that better security in camps is essential, and that it should be made easier for women to report acts of violence.

Advertisement
Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Advertisement

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

Images: CNS/Composite: America
On Nov. 11, the Catholic Church lost a moral titan in the long struggle for racial equality and justice in the United States.
Shannen Dee WilliamsNovember 22, 2017
Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar military commander-in-chief, speaks during the Union Peace Conference Aug. 31 in Naypyitaw (CNS photo/Hein Htet, EPA).
Gen. Min Aung Hlaing wields great political power in the country.
Jacob Tremblay and Julia Roberts in “Wonder” (CNS photo/Lionsgate). 
‘Wonder’ is a tween melodrama on a mission of mercy.
Simcha FisherNovember 22, 2017
The change was in “no way” a response to the C.C.H.D.’s persistent online critics, an archdiocesan official says.
Kevin ClarkeNovember 22, 2017