Last year, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, responded to a record 43 emergencies in 29 countries. Today, millions of refugees and displaced people are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance and protection. Women and girls are hardest hit by conflict and disaster.
UNHCR is committed to accounting for the needs of women and girls throughout its work in emergency contexts. Zarlasht will share her story of fleeing Afghanistan, and the importance of supporting refugees with their mental wellbeing and keeping children in conflict zones in education.
Having just returned from the frontline in Afghanistan, Shirin will share her first-hand experience of supporting refugee women and girls, who have been disproportionately impacted by humanitarian emergencies. You will also hear how, by joining our Emergency Fund, you can help ensure UNHCR is best positioned to offer specialist help before, during and long after an emergency strikes.
To mark International Women’s Day, please join us to honour the strength and resilience of displaced women and girls around the world.
Shirin Pakfar has served with the UN for close to two decades in various capacities, mainly providing expertise in conflict prevention and mediation in Afghanistan, Sudan and Libya field operations. In her role as Chief of Private Partnerships and Philanthropy, Shirin unites these field experiences to bring the private sector and philanthropists together in support of those forced to flee.
Zarlasht Halaimzai is a UK for UNHCR Trustee and Co-Founder of Amna. Zarlasht and her family were forcibly displaced from Kabul when she was just eleven years old. Following a harrowing journey, she arrived in the UK aged 15. Zarlasht is the CEO and Founder of Amna, an organisation committed to supporting the mental wellbeing of refugees and other displaced communities. Prior to Amna, she worked as an education advisor on the Syrian-Turkish border, and in Pakistan and Afghanistan, focussed on keeping children in conflict zones in education. In 2021, she was included in the BBC’s 100 Women list which recognises influential and exceptional women from around the world.