The Gender Dimensions of Internal Displacement: Concept Paper and Annotated Bibliography

The global crisis of internal displacement presents an enormous challenge to the international assistance community. Although the precise number is unknown, experts estimate the number of people displaced within native borders to be around 30 million, of whom women and children comprise about 80 percent. The rights of women, including access to basic servicesófood, water, shelter, and health careóare often ignored. Moreover, displaced women have no voice; their circumstances compel them to accept the little assistance offered while being denied the opportunity to actively participate in program design, monitoring, or assessments on activities that directly affect their and their childrenís lives.