World Creativity and Innovation Day: How refugee women use their artisanship to empower and support their families and communities
Women and girls worldwide face a variety of challenges, but for those in especially vulnerable communities, ordinary tasks like collecting water or walking to school can put them in harm’s way, with many facing risks of gender-based violence and discrimination.
These risks and challenges are exacerbated for refugee women and girls, who represent an estimated 50 percent of displaced populations. Despite facing adversity, refugee women are often the backbone of their communities, many of whom manage their households, including standing as the primary caregivers and financial providers in their families. However, according to UNHCR, 70 percent of refugees live in countries with restricted access to livelihood opportunities meaning, many refugees struggle to find work.