The Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Unit at IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is delighted to announce the launch of the “Women in Displacement” online platform: a collaborative platform to share tools; discuss lessons learned; and build a common vision for enhancing the participation and inclusion of women and girls in displacement.
The platform was created as part of the Women’s Participation Project, under Safe from the Start Initiative. The Women’s Participation Project is a two-phase in various camp and camp-like settings targeted at supporting opportunities for women’s equal and meaningful participation in camp governance structures, developed and implemented by IOM, with technical support from the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) and in coordination with the Global CCCM Cluster. The project started in 2015 and assessed how displaced men, women, and various at-risk groups, including adolescent girls and women and girls with disabilities, participated in camp life and camp decision-making processes. It also explored strategies for increasing women and girls’ participation and improving their feelings regarding overall safety in the camp.
The Women’s Participation Toolkit is the result of assessing the outcomes of these interventions as they relate to fostering women’s and girls’ participation in camp life and camp governance, and whether their participation led to any changes to their perception of safety.
The platform aims to engage CCCM practitioners and various stakeholders working in camp and camp-like settings in the approach and methodology of the Women’s Participation Toolkit. It introduces the participatory data collection tools that were developed to facilitate engagement with displaced men, women and at-risk groups, along with training modules that support the usage of the Toolkit.
A webinar was organised on 11 September 2018 to familiarise humanitarian practitioners with the Women’s Participation Project and its key learning and recommendations, to explore the training resources and participatory tools in the Toolkit and how to use the Toolkit to promote women and girls’ participation in camp and camp-like settings.