Creation of the National Forum of State Councils and Committees for Refugees and Migrants
In March, representatives of State Councils on Refugees and Migrants from 10 different states met for the first time and agreed to establish a National Forum of State Councils and Committees for Refugees and Migrants.
Led by the State Committee on Refugees and Migrants of Rio Grande do Sul (COMIRAT-RS) and with the support of UNHCR, state authorities met to discuss ways to achieve greater joint articulation for the integration of refugees and migrants, as well as universities and civil society organizations.
In a country of continental dimensions like Brazil, with its cultural diversity and a long history of welcoming different nationalities, the National Forum “allows the possibility of articulating States that are geographically distant, but face similar problems, and promotes the strengthening and agility in local integration responses,” said José Egas, UNHCR representative.
UNHCR is strengthening local protection networks as a priority intervention, building on their existing capacities, as they have long played a central role as first receivers of refugees and migrants, and are playing an increasing role as responsible for promoting the full realization of their rights and ensuring their inclusion. A new section on the UNHCR Brazil website (acnur.org/portugues/politicas-publicas) now features some of these key initiatives that UNHCR is carrying out in coordination with local governments.
International Women’s Day
March 8 is an important reminder that we will achieve a truly equal world when all women can access education, earn equal pay for equal work, have their voices heard, live free from threats and violence. and be able to engage meaningfully at all levels of decision-making. -manufacturing. Important steps in promoting gender equality and preventing, mitigating and responding to gender-based violence continue to be taken by UNHCR and its partners, also through awareness-raising activities.
Brasilia: An activity was organized for the population living in the reception and integration shelter, managed by Aldeias Infantis, to reinforce the importance of access to rights for refugee women and the role of economic empowerment to break cycles of discrimination.
Manaus: in coordination with the Instituto Mana and the Municipal Secretariat for Women, Social Assistance and Citizenship (SEMASC), the “Manaus for Women” campaign was launched to share reliable information on the prevention of gender-based violence and promote the rights of women living in the city
Boa Vista: In collaboration with UNFPA and IOM, UNHCR held information sessions with women and adolescent girls from the Bus Station Assistance Post (PRA) on gender-based violence and available local services for the protection of women, such as those of the Casa da Mulher Brasileira.
Sao Paulo: UNHCR participated in the event “Call to Action: Common Commitments for the Economic and Social Integration of Refugee and Migrant Women in Brazil”, promoted under MOVERSE, the joint program implemented with UN Women, UNFPA, and with the support of the Embassy of Luxembourg. Learn more at bit.ly/3uBIBlG