The Vulnerability of Women, Children And Those With Disabilities Among Refugee Population
An estimated 22% of the Syrian Refugee population has a disability or additional vulnerability according to the Women's Refugee Commission (WRC). With this much of the Syrian refugee population having a disability or vulnerability, it is important for organizations for promote the inclusion of these refugee.
With the Syrian conflict entering it's sixth anniversary and refugee numbers now over 4.8 million, the WRC released a new report on disability inclusion in the humanitarian response. The WRC explored just how vulnerable this population is. They proposed in their report a resilience-based approach to protect women, children and the youth with disabilities.
The WRC found that organizations aiding Syrian refugee's rarely analyzed what additional resources this group truly needed. They also found that there was a lack of knowledge or focus on the youth as a specific age cohort in understanding their additional risk.
The WRC suggests that an "asset-based approaches may be useful programming vehicles to strengthen the resilience of women, children, and youth with disabilities." They recommend better understanding for those with disabilities and a more individualized approach to those with special needs.
Read the full report here
Women's Refugee Commission