This blog questions why women's rights activists and their decades-long advocacy for inclusion of women and girls in development is yet to realise substantial results in the context of refugee women in protracted displacements. In explicating her argument, the author reflects upon and questions why amidst emphasis and investments on 'Participation' and 'Empowerment', the lived realities for many vulnerable refugee women remain far from convincing.
For some people, IWD 2019 was a stock taking day on progress garnered so far on women’s protection and empowerment. To others, it rekindled new energies, new commitments, and new agendas for strengthening protection of all women and girls. Irrespective of what the day meant for each one of us, this is a kind reminder that we need do whatever we possibly can, with whatever resources we have, and from wherever we are to advance women’s rights.