IOM helps Rohingya Women organize in Bangladesh camps
About 100 Rohingya Women have formed a first-of-its-kind committee to ensure women and girls have a direct pathway and communication channel to UN project managers without having to go through male leaders in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar refugee camps.
The committee, supported by IOM, follows months of on-the-ground research and informal discussions with Rohingya women in the camps about what kind of platform would enable them to raise concerns with senior UN staff, without breaching cultural gender norms.
"We feel better now," said committee chairwoman Muriom, after the official opening of an IOM-funded Women-run community centre in Leda in the south of Cox's Bazar, which the committee will oversee. "Before we did not get this kind of opportunity. Now we have a committee and a centre and we know how to use them to change camp life, "she Added.
Almost a million Rohingya refugees now live in Cox's Bazar after atrocities in Myanmar in late August 2017 sent over 700,000 of the Muslim minority fleeing across the border to villages and camps in Bangladesh, where over 200,000 Rohingya were already living after escaping earlier bouts.
IOM is the lead agency in the Rohingya Response.
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