We set out to make a film about the most vulnerable girl in the world - a girl living as a refugee.
As we began research for our new film, it became clear that girls and women living as refugees face issues so threatening to their wellbeing that they may very well be the most vulnerable people on the planet.
Today’s refugee crisis is daunting and difficult to comprehend. The information below offers only a glimpse into the magnitude of the situation -- but with more understanding, we can begin to take important steps towards solving this issue and offering hope to millions of people fleeing violent and desperate situations for the safety of other countries.
People are displaced for reasons beyond their control.
The number of displaced persons today far exceeds the number of people displaced during World War II.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, since the end of 2017, 68.5 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations.
• 25.4 million refugees in the world—the highest ever seen.
• 40 million internally displaced people
• 3.1 million asylum-seekers.
• 30 new refugees every minute.
• 1 in 110 people is displaced.
When you are a refugee your normal way of life has changed. Home no longer exists -- you cannot go back but you cannot go forward. If you’re a child, where does this leave you?
Over half of the world’s refugees are under the age of 18 and nearly all of them struggle to receive an education -- one of the only hopes of building a viable and brighter future.
Primary, Secondary and Higher Education:
• In 2017, 1.5 million refugee children were not in primary school and 2 million were not in secondary school.
• 61 percent of refugee children and less than 50 percent of refugee children in low-income countries attend primary school.
Globally, 91 percent of children attend primary school.• 23 percent of refugee adolescents and 9 percent of refugee adolescents in low-income countries attend secondary school. Globally, 84 percent of adolescents attend secondary school.
Girls have it the worst.
Statistically, girls living as refugees do not receive the same educational opportunities as boys living as refugees.