Women’s Refugee Commission

The Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD) is a community of practice and advocacy coalition of leading U.S.- based youth and community development organizations.
Women’s Refugee Commission

The Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) works to improve the lives and protect the rights of crisis-affected women, children and young people. It conducts research and fact-finding field missions to identify problems that affect displaced people. WRC documents best practices, proposes solutions and develops innovative tools and guides to improve humanitarian assistance delivered in refugee settings. Its goal is that displaced women, children and youth be safe, healthy and self-reliant. Its areas of work include:


  • Detention & Asylum; Disabilities
  • Fuel & Firewood
  • Gender-based Violence
  • Livelihoods
  • Sexual & Reproductive Health
  • Women, Peace & Security; and Youth.


Below is the model of how WRC drives change:

Youth make up over 30 percent of the world’s 42 million people displaced by conflict. WRC has conducted extensive consultations with crisis-affected, displaced youth and advocates for the humanitarian system to pay more attention to the priority needs and gaps identified by youth. The WRC Youth Program conducts global research and advocacy to increase support for education and job training programs to foster greater self-reliance for youth during and after displacement. 

A Youth Advisory Group comprised of young people from crisis-affected countries has helped guide and inform the initiative. Current focus areas of the WRC Youth program include: the links between child protection and economic strengthening; the livelihoods of urban refugee youth ages 15-24; and the protection and empowerment of refugee adolescent girls ages 10-16.

Learn more about the WRC and its Youth Program at http://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/



Zehra Rizvi, Senior Program Officer for Youth and Livelihoods
Member Address: 122 East 42nd Street | New York, NY 10168-128
Phone: +1 212.551.3115
Email: info@wrcommission.org; media@wrcommission.org