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Power

Millions of people across the world don’t have control over important choices that affect their lives, such as where they live, how they live, and how they are governed. Women and girls, in particular, struggle to advocate for their rights and make their voices heard. These issues are worsened by crises, which often uproot families, tear apart communities, and weaken government systems.

Our goals

If people do not have the power to make important decisions, they will struggle to improve their lives. The International Rescue Committee helps those who are recovering from conflict and disaster understand their rights and make informed choices for their futures.
  • Ensure that people are able to choose where to live


    How we get there:

    • Supporting programs that inform displaced people of their rights and conditions in their location of choice;
    • Working with decision-makers and communities to ensure people are safe and economically self-reliant in their location of choice.

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  • Ensure that people are able to choose how to live


    How we get there:

    • Supporting programs that work to ensure that women, children and marginalized groups have equal social and economic choice as dominant groups;
    • Working with local and national governments as well as non-state actors to make sure that policies and practices serve all people equally.

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  • Ensure that people are able to influence the decisions that affect their lives


    How we get there:

    • Empowering people, particularly women and girls, at the local level to advocate for the changes that will improve their lives;
    • Supporting people to provide feedback and make service providers more responsive.

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Our impact

In 2015, the International Rescue Committee and our partners helped:

190,000

people access information on preventing and responding to human rights abuses.

We help those who are recovering from conflict and disaster understand their rights and make informed choices for their futures.

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168,000

people influence local development projects and the quality of their health and education services.

Around the world, the International Rescue Committee works to create a world where women are given the chance to succeed.

How we empower women and girls
36,000

refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking and other immigrants in the United States specialized services.

We help ensure people in the United States have personal identity documents and obtain appropriate legal status for themselves and family members.

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