Other local actions you can take
- Contact organisations supporting refugees in your communities and ask how you can help.
- Promote and join local initiatives and events organised on World Refugee Day, June 20th.
- Find ways to meet refugees and migrants in your community, listen to their experience and their needs, and organise discussion groups and conversations with your friends and colleagues.
- Contact your representatives and call for effective refugee and migration policies that reject a “Us versus Them” mentality and guarantee the rights and successful resettlement of refugees and migrants.
The daily peril in the form of violence and risk of death are very real, and experienced by an unprecedented number of people, even as they are driven from their homes by violent conflict and persecution. By now we are familiar with the images of people willing to risk their lives in an attempt to reach safety, embarking on risky, even deadly journeys. In fact, since 2000, over 46000 people have died during their journey with countless more deaths on that have gone unreported.
Also under-reported is the extent of exploitation, violence and abuse, most particularly of women and children, not only underway but once in refugee camps. The number of violent incidents escalates as the number of unaccompanied and separated children has dramatically increased. The trauma caused to people who are just like you and me is immeasurable and must be stopped.
Our new neighbours seek the same secure future for their families that each of us wishes. As our neighbours, they enrich our communities and our humanity.
Women’s March Global stands up for the rights of refugees and migrants and entirely rejects the “us vs. them” mentality that feeds suspicion, mistrust and xenophobia. We call for the implementation of more just refugee and migration policies today.