Jesuit Refugee Service

International Catholic Organisation

The mission of the Jesuit Refugee Service is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS reaffirms its commitment to refugee education with the Global Education Initiative.

JRS currently serves more than 140,000 refugees and displaced people through education projects, spanning from pre-school to university, including vocational skills and teacher training. Through the Global Education Initiative, JRS aims to provide education for 250,000 refugees by 2020.

Education helps women assert their rights and strengthen their vision for a future. Being in school keeps girls safe and protected from critical risks, especially survival sex and early marriage. Education promotes equality and full participation in all decisions, improving not only their lives but the lives of their children and communities. Through education, refugee women are empowered to take on leadership positions, pursue professional skills, and achieve financial stability.

Recognising education as a concrete and durable way to build more resilient communities, JRS works in contexts where socio-cultural traditions and gender roles often limit opportunities for refugee girls. Providing education is an integral part of any response that hopes to empower girls and women for their future and ultimately, the future of their displaced communities.

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