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Bangladesh - Rohingya women in refugee camps share stories of loss and hopes of recovery

Bangladesh - Rohingya women in refugee camps share stories of loss and hopes of recovery

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. March 2018.

Bangladesh has been hosting Rohingya refugees from Myanmar for nearly 30 years. Since August 2017, some 693,000 Rohingya’s have made their way to Cox’s Bazar in desperate conditions. Of them, 51 per cent are women. The refugee population in Bangladeshi settlements has more than doubled; camps are overcrowded, needs are immediate and enormous, and resources are stretched.

As of January 2018, UN Women has set up the first Multi-Purpose Women's Centre in the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, in partnership with Action Aid and with support from UN Women National Committee Australia. The Centre provides a safe space for Rohingya women and adolescent girls, where they can build a social network, access information and referral services for gender-based violence, and seek psycho-social counselling. The centre also offers skills training in literacy, livelihood options, leadership and disaster preparedness, and raises awareness about gender issues and risks.

Pictured: Ayesha Khatun, 28, an outreach worker for the Multi-Purpose Women’s Centre, visits women and girls in their homes and encourages them to come to the Centre. Once, Ayesha reached out to an adolescent girl who was interested to go to the Centre and learn new skills, but her father refused to allow his daughter to step out of her home. Ayesha managed to negotiate with the father and convinced him to allow his daughter to visit the Centre. As of March 2018 there are 21 women employed as Community Outreach Members with the Centre.

Photo: UN Women/Allison Joyce

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Photo prise le 6 mars 2018 (© UN Women Gallery / Flickr)

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