An increasing majority of refugees (60 percent) now live in cities and towns rather than in camps. Urban refugees face the risk of gender-based violence in their daily lives as a result of complex unmet social, medical, and economic needs.
This new reality demands comprehensive changes to the way that humanitarian assistance is designed and implemented.
The Women’s Refugee Commission has just released a groundbreaking new report, “Mean Streets: Identifying and Responding to Urban Refugees’ Risks of Gender-Based Violence” based on research conducted throughout 2015 in Beirut, Quito, Delhi, and Kampala. It calls on systemic policy changes and innovating programming within the humanitarian community to mitigate and respond to GBV directed at urban refugees.