Malteser International Americas will lead a side-panel at the United Nations on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. centered on helping women to find hope and stability in refugee camps. The panel entitled, “Women Caught in the Global Refugee Crisis: Finding Hope and Opportunity in Despair” will take place at the Ex-Press Bar at the United Nations (UN) (3rd Flr. NW corner of the UN General Assembly Building), and it scheduled during the UN’s 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

Global humanitarian leaders international representatives will offer a shuttering look into the world of female refugees, and present empowering, worldwide relief efforts and solutions, which lead to opportunity and hope for women in countries most challenged with refugees and displaced people. The panel emphasizes the importance of ensuring that all people -regardless of the religion, background, and political convictions- are able to live lives with dignity.

Malteser International’s empowering Cash-for-Work program in the organizations Middle Eastern Refugee Camps will be highlighted. The program is a life-saving vehicle of stability and normalcy within the camps. It strives to towards stabilization of the livelihoods and improvement of families in four Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps in the Dohuk Governorate, by offering trainings and cash for work for unskilled females. Malteser International has been operational in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, since August 2014, providing emergency relief for the affected population including IDPs, refugees and host community by implementing primary health care programs.

We will also hear from a female Syrian refugee and her experience fleeing her country.

*A short film entitled “Portrait of Fatima” will be shown featuring Fatima, a mother being empowered in our Cash-for-Work program.

The panel is open to public, and interested attendees must RSVP ASAP, or by March 18th, and include their full name, contact information, and confirmation of attendance in an email to: Registration/sign-up for this event is required due to limited seating capacity.


  • Ninette Kelley, Director of the New York Office, UN’s High Commission on Refugees
  • H.E. Mr. Odo Tevi, Ambassador of Vanuatu to the United Nations
  • Ravi Tripptrap, Executive Director, Malteser International Americas
  • James Wiley, COO, Counter Human Trafficking Compliance Solutions
  • Miriam, Syrian Refugee

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