Women and Girls

Slow Motion Crisis: Yaya's Story

Apr 11, 2016

Hawaye Djouma Yaya was born in Kadamoule, Sudan in 1940. But for the last decade she has called Bredjing refugee camp her home. "We have no one to provide for us and we are at the mercy of God," she tells HIAS.

Parades, Performances and Produce: Chad Celebrates Women’s Day

Mar 30, 2016

As we close out Women’s History Month, here’s a look at how International Women’s Day was celebrated in Chad this year.
A Young Syrian-Kurdish refugee poses for a picture in a makeshift refugee camp in Iraq's Mosul region.

On International Women’s Day, Focus On Female Refugees

Mar 07, 2016

In our work on four continents, we continue to be amazed by the strength and resilience of the women we encounter and serve. This International Women’s Day, let’s all speak up for the women and girls who have been displaced from their homes in staggering numbers.

Women on the Run in Central America

Nov 30, 2015

A new report released by UNHCR calls attention to the growing plight of women in Central America and the forces that are causing them to flee from their home countries in ever increasing numbers.

Mother and Son Reunited After Three Years Apart

Jul 31, 2015

Although there have been many struggles, Jainaba insists that leaving Gambia was the only way for her to feel safe. Her son says that finally seeing his mother again after three years was the happiest moment of his life.

Reciting the Shehecheyanu in Uganda

Feb 01, 2015

I have recited the Shehecheyanu prayer more times than I can remember. Often I mutter the words in a perfunctory manner as part of a holiday blessing. Sometimes tears stream down my cheeks as I recite the blessing in a moment of great joy. But never have the words carried the meaning that they did when I recited the prayer during a recent visit to a HIAS-run support group for young Congolese refugees in Kampala, Uganda.