On June 20, the world commemorates the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees. First marked in 2001, World Refugee Day is marked by a variety of events worldwide, involving government officials, humanitarian aid workers, celebrities, civilians and the forcibly displaced themselves. Globally, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. If this were the population of a country, it would be the world's 24th biggest.
The needs and interests of women and girl refugees differ from men and boys, as do their resources, capacities and coping strategies. Specific challenges for women in transit include reproductive health complications and risks of exploitation and gender-based violence. Women and girls, however, are not helpless victims. Humanitarian efforts must recognize the fact that women and girls—like men and boys—have much to contribute in preparing for, and responding to, crises.