Safeguarding Individuals

Every human being deserves a life free from persecution and discrimination. 

But displacement can affect anyone. Hundreds of thousands of people are forced to flee their homes every day – young and old, sick and healthy, sons and daughters.

At UNHCR, it is our job to protect and safeguard their rights. We work hard to help millions of people all over the world rebuild broken lives and restore shattered communities.


Over half of the world’s refugees are children.

Minority Groups

Minorities and indigenous people can often be overlooked in an emergency.


In some societies, women and girls face discrimination and violence every day, simply because of their gender.


Growing up is tough, but imagine growing up a refugee.

LGBTI People

Nobody should have to flee their home because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.


Men and boys can find themselves neglected or dismissed during times of displacement.

People with Disabilities

The World Health Organisation estimates that around 15 per cent of the world’s population has a disability.

Older People

During times of displacement, older people have urgent rights and needs.