Women in Cox's Bazar urgently need your help.
In October 2016, violent conflict broke out in Rakhine State, Myanmar, reaching a peak on 25 August 2017. A military offensive drove over 890,000 refugees across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Over 80% of the refugees are women and children.
Since then, community leaders and fellow refugees have reported massive atrocities on women and girls. Almost all refugee women and girls in Cox’s Bazar are survivors or witness to multiple incidences of sexual assault, rape, or murder of family members or neighbours. Many of the sexual assaults have resulted in conception.
This is a frightening reminder that sexual and gender-based violence remains one of the most horrific weapons of war and instruments of terror most often used against women.
- Establish 7 Multi-purpose Women’s Centres (MPWCs) by March 2019 as safe spaces for women. The centres, which will be run by UN Women Bangladesh, will each support approximately 1,100 women per month and provide information, counselling services, peer mentor training, health and emergency services, and secured women-only facilities currently lacking in the settlements;
- Reduce health and physical risks by offering improved and safe facilities at MPWCs, such as cooking, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilities;
- Support livelihood and income-generating opportunities by providing skills training, such as tailoring, soap-making, mat-weaving, and marketing support for selling goods;
- Strengthen gender-responsiveness of humanitarian action by training humanitarian workers to integrate and address gender issues in camps; and
- Develop leadership capacity amongst women to increase participation in camp governance.