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Experiences of Refugee Women and Girls from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): Learning from IRC’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment Programs in DRC, Tanzania, Burundi, and Uganda Image

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Experiences of Refugee Women and Girls from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): Learning from IRC’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment Programs in DRC, Tanzania, Burundi, and Uganda

Experiences of Refugee Women and Girls from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): Learning from IRC’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment Programs in DRC, Tanzania, Burundi, and Uganda

Summary

Refugee resettlement agencies in the United States are preparing for an increase in Congolese refugee arrivals from Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, and nearby countries over the next 5 years. At least 20 percent of incoming Congolese refugees are expected to be resettled in the US under the women-at-risk category. More than half of the Congolese refugee population already in the US is female and 20 percent are single mothers.1 Congolese refugee women and girls bring specific strengths and face particular challenges in their resettlement experiences. This backgrounder draws from IRC’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment work in DRC, Burundi, Tanzania, and Uganda to speak to experiences of Congolese women and girls prior to resettlement and to provide tips for those supporting Congolese refugee women and girls in the US.



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