Gender Dimensions of Forced Displacement

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Gender Dimensions of Forced Displacement

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Violent conflict and the rapid onset of climate change are sending rates of forced displacement to unprecedented levels. At the end of 2020, there were over 80 million forcibly displaced persons worldwide, doubling since 2010. Although commitments to addressing the crisis are growing, knowledge gaps surrounding the impacts of forced displacement persist, especially in terms of how men and women are affected differently.

The World Bank’s Gender Dimensions of Forced Displacement (GDFD) program has sought to bridge some of these gaps by studying how gender inequality interacts with and compounds forced displacement, specifically in terms of poverty, livelihoods, gender-based violence, and social norms. Bringing together researchers, practitioners, civil society and leaders, this high-level launch event aims to share new results from the GDFD program, review implications for policy design, and shed light on the importance of embedding principles of gender equality within the development of durable solutions to forced displacement. 

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00:00 Welcome, opening remarks, and the work done by the World Bank
06:15 The work done by the International Rescue Committee
26:38 The work done by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
36:39 Long-term consequences of displacement and programmatic response
43:20 Differentiated impacts of displacement on men and women / Syrian refugee crisis
51:44 Involving civil society to better understand and prioritize the needs
59:34 Closing remarks



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A series of papers has been published about the Gender Dimensions of Forced Displacement by researchers from a range of disciplines from inside and outside the World Bank, with strategic guidance from a Senior Advisory Panel. Read the brief >

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