Committee on Women Facing Crises: Human Rights, Refugees and Violence Against Women

Women represent almost half of the 244 million migrants and half of the 19.6 million refugees worldwide. A 2018 analysis across 161 countries and areas, conducted by WHO found that worldwide, nearly 1 in 3, or 30%, of women have been subjected to physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner or non-partner sexual violence or both.

Female refugees, women facing violence under any conditions and women facing human rights violations need special attention and efforts to ensure that their reproductive and health care rights are met.

Committee Objectives

This committee focuses on the multitude of crises affecting women around the world. It aims to work with organisations and societies to put policies in place to build capacity of health care providers, in order to identify this vulnerable population and to be sensitive to their needs. The committee will continue to support and deliver rights-based approach to provide access to reproductive and sexual health care across the world.

Without addressing the needs of this segment of the population, the SDG goals will remain elusive even in 2030. It is inextricably involved with contraception, safe abortion, maternal and newborn health, NCDs to name a few.

This committee has a particular focus is to support all actions to expand sexual and reproductive health and rights for all people, but specially for refugees, internally displaced women, adolescent girls, women subjected to violence, unwanted pregnancy and trafficking, and the LGBTQIA community throughout their life span.

If SDG goals 3 and 5 are to be achieved, it is imperative to include immigrants, refugees and survivors of gender based violence at the centre of health care and ensure provision of gender sensitive, rights based care. In the current Covid-19 crisis, this vulnerable group is in danger of losing out due to shift in focus and finances away from them. The committee through multiple collaborations and linkages envisions to ensure support and respectful care for this group.

- Dr Rubina Sohail, Committee Chair



Dr Rubina Sohail, Pakistan


Professor Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson, Sweden – Past Chair

Dr Anne-Beatrice Kihara, Kenya – Ex Officio

Dr Bethel Dereje, Ethiopia

Dr Lubna Hassan, Pakistan

Dr Margit Endler, Sweden

Dr Taghreed Alhaidari, Iraq

Dr Miguel Gutiérrez, Peru

Dr Marle Temmerman, Belgium

Dr John Muganda Rwibasira, Rwanda

Dr Diana Galimberti, Argentina

Dr Atziri Ramirez, Mexico

Ms Ranee Thakar, UK

Dr Zoe McGovern Feld, USA – WATOG

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