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Amplifying the Voices of Women and Girls in Humanitarian Settings

By Janine Kossen, Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer, Women’s Protection & Empowerment at IRC

Does Data Drive Your Decisions?

by Amin Vafa, Department of State, Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources

Promoting the Needs of Adolescent Girls in Humanitarian Settings

by Janine Kossen, Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer, Women’s Protection & Empowerment at IRC

What the Libyan Slave Trade Reveals About the Reality of Modern-Day Slavery

The Nigerians stand side by side in the dark as an unseen auctioneer reels off the price of their bondage: 400. 700. Sold for 1,200 Libyan dinars — or $880.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence & Disability Inclusion

Each year on December 3rd, the international community observes the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

Getting Cash Right for Women Refugees

Everyone is talking about cash these days. Cash assistance is being significantly scaled up across the humanitarian system as the preferred modality of assistance, where markets allow. And rightly so. Cash is known to enable household choice and dignity; it is faster to deliver; cash transfers can be more efficiently delivered than in-kind assistance (like tarps, mattresses, bags of rice, or maize); and assists local economies in recovering from shocks.

Creating a New Reality, One Street at a Time

If you closed your eyes you would believe you are listening to a group of experienced urban planners outlining their solutions to bring sanitation, lighting, and a sustainable water system to one of Dhaka’s largest urban slums. When you open your eyes you quickly realize that you are listening a group of experienced urban planners; however, they are all volunteers and no member is over the age of 20.