HER{CONNECT}HER

A platform AND PROGRAM for YOUNG REFUGEE + migrant women


 
Photograph: Federica Campanaro
 

AN INITIATIVE OF FOOTAGE FOUNDATION,
THE AWARD-WINNING noNprofit THAT RAISES VOICES TO ELEVATE LIVES


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WHY YOUNG REFUGEE AND MIGRANT WOMEN?

With individuals fleeing war, conflict, and economic instability worldwide, human displacement is the highest ever recorded (1). Girls' and women’s vulnerability sharply increases during times of crisis as they often travel without safe means of supporting themselves. Their dangers persist once they reach a destination country where they are often met with hostility and barriers to adequate employment and housing as well as other vital resources for their health and security (2). With needs unique from boys and men, girls and women require gender-specific services, particularly safe spaces to be heard, address their social isolation, and cultivate their potential (3).

Her{connect}Her focuses on young women, because Footage Foundation believes young people carry experiences, perspectives, and resolve that when harnessed, mobilize a force for good. When supported, they may not only serve as leaders of the future, but of the present.

WHY VOICE?

According to a report by the International Rescue Committee, listening to girls and women affected by conflict is the most fundamental step in providing them aid. Backed by research, Footage Foundation's award-winning methods elicit the voices of vulnerable individuals with dignity and empowerment. Program evaluations show that storytelling is not simply creating content; it is an influential process that most profoundly impacts five drivers of change: compassion and empathy; community and connection; advocacy; awareness; and education. Footage Foundation's drivers are powerful outcomes in the lives of participants that also catalyze positive social transformation aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Food and shelter are essential, but our survival depends on connection and compassion as well.

(1) Global forced displacement hits record high, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
(2) Violence prevention and response at the International Rescue Committee: adolescent girls
(3) Are We Listening to Syria's Women and Girls?, David Miliband

 

 

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