We Cannot Abandon Migrant and Refugee Women During the COVID-19 Crisis

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“We hear that the COVID-19 does not discriminate—but the context in which it spreads does.” Pictured: Syrian refugee women in a cash-for-work tailoring program in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan, October 2018. (UN Women / Christopher Herwig)

As COVID-19 sweeps around the globe, much of the world’s focus is on how leaders of the wealthiest nations are scrambling to respond to the pandemic.

Far less attention is being paid to those with the fewest resources necessary to defend themselves: the world’s 70 million people forcibly displaced by conflict or crisis, more than half of whom are women and girls. 

Refugees and internally displaced persons—the latter of whom number more than 41 million worldwide—often face restrictions based on their displacement status, and generally live in countries with weak health systems.

Health services, including mental health…

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