Meet Our Non-Profit Partner: The International Rescue Committee


Girl Rising has partnered with the International Rescue Committee, Citi, HP and Amplifier to create a film and campaign around the story of one courageous young woman named Nasro. Brave Girl Rising, to be released this March on International Women’s Day, is written by the poet laureate Warsan Shire. In our previous blog posts, we explored the refugee crisis and took you on-location for the filming in Dadaab Refugee Camp. In today’s post, we introduce you to the International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian organization whose Women’s Protection and Empowerment programsupports Nasro in Dadaab refugee camp.


To change the world, we must start with women and girls.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.

We know that women and girls are among the most vulnerable to crisis when it strikes. In fact, women in conflict-affected countries are nearly twice as likely to be the victims of violence inflicted by their partners, and approximately 150 million girls have been forced into sexual acts at some point in their lives.

We also know that women and girls—particularly those in crisis zones—face discrimination and a lack of equal opportunities that rob them of their potential.


Despite all of these challenges, we believe that with the right support and investment, women and girls can change their own futures and uplift entire communities. In fact, they can change the world. That’s why the IRC supports Nasro—the inspiration for “Brave Girl Rising”—and women and girls just like her around the world. We provide resources and services that enable them to influence decisions that affect their lives—something that is especially vital when those lives are turned upside-down by crisis.

The IRC’s women’s protection and empowerment team works in 25 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East to help women and girls to thrive. We create safe spaces for survivors of sexual violence and abuse, and provide the counseling and other support they need to heal. We also provide women with mentoring and the chance to build social and job skills. At the same time we engage with women, girls, their families and their communities to combat harmful norms and practices. The goal is to restore the dignity of survivors of violence and create social and economic opportunities for women and girls that can empower them throughout their lives.


At a moment when more than 68.5 million people are displaced worldwide, around half of whom are women, Girl Rising brings much-needed awareness to the challenges faced by women and girls in crisis. Campaigns like this ensure the most vulnerable women are part of the global conversation, and show the importance of prioritizing their safety, education and wellbeing.


As conflict and crisis continue to affect women and girls everywhere, the IRC is committed to breaking down barriers so that men and women and boys and girls enjoy the same rights and opportunities. These efforts are lifesaving, not optional. After all, women’s rights are human rights.

Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and more than 20 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities.

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