From UNHCR: “World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives. This year, the focus will be on the right to seek safety. Every person on this planet has a right to seek safety – whoever they are, wherever they come from and whenever they are forced to flee.”
We know that mothers and newborns are particularly vulnerable as refugees and we must take extra steps to ensure they are able to seek safety and receive the care that they need.
Related events and information:
- Newborn in Emergencies Issues page
- Webinar on Midwives in Crisis: Securing maternal and newborn health in humanitarian settings, 22 Jun 9-10:30 EDT
Check back here in the coming days for more resources on mothers and newborns in refugee settings.