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Self Report for Initiatives in 2018

The updates on initiatives shown below allow members or signatories to WHS initiatives to report on actions taken in support of the respective initiative. They are not intended to replace reporting processes undertaken by initiative secretariats.

  • Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

    What concrete actions have you taken in support of the initiative.

    The Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) serves on the Inter-Agency Task Team that is developing the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. Given its mission, WRC offered to lead the effort to integrate gender and GBV prevention and response considerations into the Guidelines. In support of this commitment, the WRC engaged with the global Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility and the IASC's Gender Reference Group to brief stakeholders on the Guidelines development process and to invite interested colleagues to join in the drafting and review of the gender and GBV elements. 

    In support of the WRC's commitment to help strengthen resilience-based approaches in humanitarian action that reflect diversity and social inclusion, the WRC published a report on Vulnerability and Resilience-based Approaches in Humanitarian Response to the Syrian Crisis that documents positive practices on inclusion of girls with disabilities in asset-building programs. 

    WRC also undertook a series of activities in Lebanon to support more effective inclusion of persons with disabilities. WRC is partnering  with UNICEF Lebanon to strengthen disability inclusion in national systems for child protection and gender-based violence prevention and response.  And WRC conducted a comprehensive needs assessment in Lebanon among women, children and youth with disabilities, which included documentation of the GBV risks and psychosocial support needs of adolescent girls with disabilities. 

    In keeping with its commitment to support national organizations of women with disabilities to conduct their own advocacy, the WRC sponsored women with disabilities from Uganda and Lebanon to participate in the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  

    More information is available under WRC's Report on Transformation 3G.

  • The Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action

    What concrete actions have you taken in support of the initiative.

    The Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) works to build the protective assets of displaced adolescent girls by identifying the most vulnerable and connecting them to interventions that meet their needs and build their capacities.  The centerpiece of this work is the WRC's I'm Here Approach launched in 2014. Last July, WRC began a partnership with UNICEF Lebanon to train GBV partners on conducting more intentional outreach, including using steps and tools in the I'm Here Approach.  In 2017, six international and local organizations implemented the Approach across 4 crisis-affected countries, identifying more than 1700 girls and engaging them in non-formal education programs.  WRC also co-led with IOM a two-day workshop for key actors from the Global Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster to share tools and resources aimed at enhancing women and girls' participation. Over 25 representatives from the Cluster attended.

    In support of refugee youth, the WRC continued to partner with UNHCR to take forward the work begun during the 2015-16 Global Refugee Youth  Consultations.  In 2017, we supported refugee youth to participate in the various consultations in Geneva related to the development of the Global Compact on Refugees.  The youth spoke on panels, drafted their own recommendations for youth inclusion in the Compact and presented their recommendations to the UNHCR High Commissioner.  Last December, UNHCR with assistance from the WRC, established a Global Youth Advisory Council comprised of 15 refugee youth who will advise UNHCR on high level policy and program decisions. 

    More information is available under WRC's report on Transformation 3F.