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Regional Dialogues with Women and Girls
Survivors, Protectors, Providers
As part of the organization's 60th anniversary commemorations and its commitment to give female refugees a voice, UNHCR has staged a series of dialogues around the world with more than 500 forcibly displaced women and girls, as well as some refugee men.
These have provided an important platform for participants to come together with UNHCR staff, implementing partners, government officials and community-based organizations to discuss the main protection problems they face and to recommend possible solutions.
Other objectives were to strengthen UNHCR's global capacity to provide protection by documenting effective field practice, both by UN bodies and non-governmental organizations, and to assess UNHCR's core areas of concern for refugee women and girls.
The first gathering was held in the Indian capital, New Delhi, from November 8-23, 2010 and was followed by meetings in 2011 in Medellin, Colombia (January 24-February 9); Amman, Jordan (February 7-22); Uganda (March 7-18); Zambia (April 7-19); Thailand (May 2-13); and Finland (May 23-29).
The outcomes of the Regional Dialogues will feed into other events during the year, particularly a ministerial-level meeting facilitated by UNHCR for December 7-8 in Geneva. It is hoped that participating states will make forward-looking pledges at this meeting that will address some of the most pertinent issues facing refugee women and girls.