Global Independent Refugee Women Leaders @ UNHCR’s High-Level Officials Meeting

In the run-up to and during the December 2021 UNHCR High-Level Officials Meeting, Global Independent Refugee Women Leaders (GIRWL) co-founders led and participated in important dialogues with officials and other stakeholders on topics including refugee participation in decision-making, age, gender and diversity, and other issues. Anila Noor moderated three events and sessions tied to the High-Level […]

Power & The Margins: The State of Refugee Participation

Published by the Global Refugee-Led Network and written by Global Independent Refugee Women Leaders (GIRWL) Co-founders Shaza Alrihawi, Anila Noor and Najeeba Wazefadost, with John Bolingo Ntahira and Christa Kuntzelman. With few exceptions, refugees have historically been excluded from systematic and meaningful inclusion in high-level governance areas of policy- and decision-making (Harley 2021). The exclusion […]

Moving Beyond Storytelling and Empowering Refugee Women to Lead

Global Independent Refugee Women Leaders (GIRWL) Co-founder Najeeba Wazefadost spoke at the 10 November 2021 meeting of the Action Network on Forced Displacement: Women as Agents of Change, launched by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in 2020. This is an edited version of her remarks. Find out more about GIRWL and […]

16 Days of Activism: Awareness to Accountability

Virtual Conference — 17 December 2021 | 15:00–17:00 CET Watch the recording A virtual event hosted by Global Independent Refugee Women Leaders (GIRWL) in partnership with the World Refugee & Migration Council (WRMC) to mark the end of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence taking place annually from 25th of November (International Day of the elimination of violence […]

Refugee Women: Unpacking Gender-Based Violence — Event Report

Bárbara Romero, Co-founder, Global Independent Refugee Women Leaders (GIRWL) Translated Versions: Arabic Farsi Spanish The conference Refugee Women: Unpacking Gender-based Violence 2020 opened an online space — led by the Global Independent Refugee Women Leaders (GIRWL) and co-hosted by the World Refugee & Migration Council — where refugee women, through their intersectionality, could share their voices on […]