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date: 16 December 2019

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Over the past fifteen years, the issue of protecting displaced women and girls has been a major focus of attention throughout the humanitarian community. Policies, guidelines, toolkits and training manuals have all been produced in great abundance. This chapter considers the impact of these policies on the protection of refugee and displaced women and girls, with particular reference to the case of Syria. The humanitarian community has taken important steps to address the needs of refugee women more effectively and certainly there is much greater awareness of the importance of gender in humanitarian responses. As the Syrian refugee and IDP case demonstrates, however, where the humanitarian community falls short is in encouraging the full participation of refugee and IDP women in decision-making, as well as in their relief and recovery. This chapter argues, therefore, that unless progress is made in all four of the WPS pillars—participation, conflict-resolution, protection, and relief and recovery—efforts by humanitarian actors to protect displaced women will always be limited.

Keywords: humanitarian community, Syria, participation, conflict resolution, protection, relief and recovery

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