Women’s Leadership, Empowerment, Access and Protection in Crisis Response (LEAP)

A child is seenIn Balukhali Rohingya Refugee camp February 1, 2018 in Chittagong district, Bangladesh. Photo: UN Women/Allison Joyce
A child is seenIn Balukhali Rohingya Refugee camp February 1, 2018 in Chittagong district, Bangladesh. Photo: UN Women/Allison Joyce

UN Women Bangladesh has been working with Rohingya refugee women in Cox’s Bazar since 2014 through a partnership with UNHCR, promoting women’s leaderships and empowerment, and participation in camp management through the mobilization and formation of women support groups. UN Women also provided technical support for women’s skills training and income generating activities to promote their economic resilience.

After the August 2017 influx of refugees, UN Women further stepped up its support the most vulnerable Rohingya women and girls. One Multi-Purpose Women’s Center (MPWC) has already been established for displaced Rohingya women and girls where they can access targeted protection services to meet their humanitarian needs, access relevant and important information, be in a safe environment and connect with other women. The center provides self-reliance income generating opportunities for Rohingya women as part of strengthening coping mechanism and resilience building through skills training linked to cash for work opportunities, as well as provide marketing support for selling of produce. UN Women is also working with other organisations to ensure humanitarian response in gender responsive ways, in order to address vulnerabilities of women and girls and leverage their contribution and leadership to promote women’s participation, empowerment, community resilience and humanitarian effectiveness through coordination and normative support to the humanitarian community.