In recognition of the specific insecurities faced by displaced women and girls, APRRN established the Women And Girls at Risk Working Group (WAGAR) to highlight the centrality of their challenges. The aim of WAGAR is to improve the lives of refugee/migrant women and girls, advance their rights and empower them to actively participate in self-advocacy. WAGAR aims to engage with NGOs and community-based organisations (CBOs) in the region to strengthen protection and access to justice for refugee women and girls and to promote concrete gender sensitive initiatives at regional, national and local levels. WAGAR also aims to explore how the other thematic working groups intersect with gender and develop joint activities in this regard.
The specific objectives of the Women and Girls at Risk Working Group include:
- Increasing understanding of refugee/women’s experiences, challenges and gaps in gender protection in the three APRRN sub-regions: South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia;
- Increasing participation and opportunities for women to advocate for themselves at the local, national, regional and international levels and become active partners of change; and
- Enhancing national, regional and international advocacy tailored to the experiences and needs of women and girls at risk.
Key activities include:
- Participate in international advocacy platforms;
- Participate in UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs and enable refugee women to attend the consultations and engage in relevant advocacy activities.
- Strengthen leadership, networking and advocacy skills through training courses;
- Develop and implement of training activities such as Short Courses;
- Provide platforms for the stories and voices of refugee woman and girls to be heard;
- Conduct mapping activities of what WAGAR members are working on through questionnaires/surveys.
Chair: Hina Tabassum (Children and Women Trust Pakistan)
Deputy Chair: Tenneh Kpaka (ANCORW, Australia)