Support Rohingya women in Cox’s Bazaar and others in need
Rohingya refugee women and girls need your help to recover and earn for living
Join UN Women in supporting Rohingya refugee women to recover and learn how to earn for living.
Escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State triggered the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis in 2017. Since August 2017, more than 745,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, according to the Inter-Sector Coordination Group, the humanitarian coordination body for the Rohingya crisis. Of them, 51 per cent are women and girls who urgently need your help. They are from female-headed households, elderly women, pregnant women and adolescent girls.
UN Women works to ensure that Rohingya women and girls are safe, get psycho-social support, basic health consultations and emergency services, life-saving information, as well as skills building. We cannot do this alone. UN Women relies almost entirely on voluntary financial contributions to sustain its work to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.
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Minara Begum is only 23 years old and has traversed unimaginable hardships to find safety in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh. But safety is still a relative term for her. On her list of priorities are income-generating opportunities, better food and education for her daughter, and a secure place to live when the rains come. Minara Begum’s story reflects the reality of hundreds of thousands of women caught in one of the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.
“We fled to Bangladesh to save our lives. We only had food with us for two days. We went on for another four/five days without food and drank water from the canals. At night we slept in the forest and were constantly afraid of the military finding us, especially because our father was too old, and we were four sisters without any other male family member who could protect us. After entering Bangladesh, local villagers gave us food and like the other Rohingya before us, we entered the camp.”
Nur Nahar, 35, left her home in Myanmar some 28 years ago. She was just a child at the time and had hoped to return to Myanmar one day. She still lives in the refugee camp, but now she has a new mission. As part of a UN Women-supported programme, she acts as a mentor for newly arriving Rohingya refugee women, teaching them tailoring and assisting them with practical matters.
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