20080601 Disabilities among Refugees and Conflict Affected populations

20080601 Disabilities among Refugees and Conflict Affected populations

Resource Kit for Fieldworkers
Women’s Commission for RefugeeWomen and Children June 2008

It can be assumed that between 2.5 and 3.5 million of the world’s 35 million displaced persons also live with disabilities. Among displaced persons who have fled civil conflict, war or natural disasters, the number with disabilities may be even higher.

Disabilities Among Refugees and Conflict-Affected Populations, the companion report to this resource kit, is the culmination of a six-month project commissioned by theWomen’s Commission for RefugeeWomen
and Children and co-funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to address the rights and needs of displaced persons with disabilities, with a particular focus on women (including
older women), children and youth.

This resource kit is intended for United Nations (UN), nongovernmental organization (NGO), community-based organization (CBO) and disabled persons’ organization (DPO) field staff working with refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons (IDPs) with disabilities. It is intended to provide practical ideas on how to improve services and protection for people with disabilities and enhance their inclusion and participation in community affairs. It is based on the findings of five country field studies, as well global desk research into other refugee and IDP programs and an analysis of existing international policies and practices relating to displaced persons with disabilities. The resource kit is a compilation of lessons learned and ideas for action.