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Societies 2018, 8(4), 107; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8040107

Engaging Organizations of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Responses

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Senior Director for Programs, Women’s Refugee Commission, New York, NY 10019, USA
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School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA
Received: 4 September 2018 / Revised: 26 October 2018 / Accepted: 30 October 2018 / Published: 1 November 2018
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Abstract

This project report captures 10 years of work by the Women’s Refugee Commission on the inclusion of disability in humanitarian responses. The report covers early research on refugees with disabilities and subsequent work on disability inclusion, including the target areas of gender-based violence, child protection, and sexual and reproductive health. Later presented work focuses on engaging organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) in humanitarian responses—both as expert resources to inform humanitarian actors as well as sources of information, services, and social support for refugees with disabilities living in their host communities. The report concludes with recent work on soliciting input from DPO networks on the Guidelines on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, which are currently under development. View Full-Text
Keywords: disabilities; organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), refugees; inclusion; protection; humanitarian actors; humanitarian response disabilities; organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), refugees; inclusion; protection; humanitarian actors; humanitarian response
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