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Art used as a tool to empower Rohingya women and girls at Balukhali Camp

  • Published at 01:46 pm June 20th, 2018
  • Last updated at 11:30 am June 21st, 2018
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To commemorate World Refugee Day, UN Women hosted “Awareness through Art” workshop at Balukhali, Camp-18 for women and girl refugees to enjoy their right to a life of dignity.

The event, held at UN Women’s Women’s Centre, incorporated art and awareness on gender equality in an interactive style so that Rohingya women and girls could express their ideas about what it means to be a woman. The Rohingya refugee participants werecoached by female guest artists to illustrate their aspiration in art form. 

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According to Dilruba Haider,Head of UN Women’s Sub-Office at Cox’s Bazar, “activities of this kind which allows the refugee women and girls to explore and share their inner feelings about their own lives and hopes is important for the empowerment of refugee women”.

In addition of the art workshop, an Open Dialogue was held at the centre,highlighting the myriad of daily challenges that are unique to refugee women. Participants discussed collective efforts that should be made to improve their well-being. 


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Participation and representation of women to express their needs and concerns are often overlooked in humanitarian emergencies. Leveraging women’s participation and leadership capacities is not only a way to ensure humanitarian efforts respond to the specific needs and vulnerabilities of affected communities – whether women, men, girls or boys- but also a strategic investment to build resilience of the whole community. 

 “I feel safe and comfortable here. I’m making many new friends! Our tent is small, hot and crowded; so I like coming here every day to participate in various activities ,” expressed one workshop participant.

UN Women in Bangladesh is supporting the Government of Bangladesh with the Rohingya humanitarian crisis response

UN Women in Bangladesh is supporting the Government of Bangladesh with the Rohingya humanitarian crisis response. It has developed a humanitarian response programme in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and ActionAid to meet the specific needs of vulnerable and marginalized Rohingya women and girl refugees and the women and girls in the host communities affected by the refugee influx in Cox’s Bazar. 

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