“It is time for an honest appraisal and an urgent call to action for governments and stakeholders to stretch out, to make the refugee response system fair, effective and efficient for refugees and governments alike. We must protect those fleeing danger, supply host country needs, alleviate citizens’ fears, hold those leaders generating displacement accountable and re-establish international cooperation.”
Canada can longer assume that if it sends asylum seekers back to the United States, the will be safe, writes WRMC Chair Lloyd Axworthy and Special Advisor Allan Rock.
Due to embedded power inequities, the voices of persons with lived experience of displacement are often minimised or silenced across humanitarian, governance and academic sectors, writes GIRWL co-founder Anila Noor, proposing a model for meaningful partnership that goes beyond consultation.
The 2019 Global Refugee Forum was significant for its inclusion of refugee representatives, writes GIRWL co-founder Najeeba Wazefadost. There is much to be learnt by paying close attention to the speeches they gave – that is, by really listening to their voices.
World Refugee & Migration Council partner Global Independent Refugee Women Leaders (GIRWL) is a group of refugee women-led initiatives, networks, and advocates that works with and for refugee women to:
- Increase refugee women participation in shaping policies;
- Build refugee women’s capacity to engage locally, nationally, regionally and globally; and
- Strategically advocate for and promote inclusive human rights approaches to forced displacement.