This report presents the first global, regional and national estimates of the number of women and girls living in a situation of internal displacement as a result of conflict and violence. Internal displacement situations associated with disasters are also discussed. More than half of the 41 million people worldwide living in internal displacement at the end of 2018 were women and girls. They experience displacement differently from men and boys, and face specific challenges that must be better understood to provide them with the support they need.
The findings presented in this report are the basis for the following recommendations for governments and humanitarian and development organisations to develop better policies and programmes for displaced women and girls, including:
- Expand the collection of data on IDPs disaggregated by sex and age, and invest in gender-focused analyses;
- Conduct assessments of displacement risk including a gender perspective;
- Encourage collectors, analysts and users of data to collaborate more closely to ensure it is made more interoperable;
- Encourage the systematic use of gender analyses based on data disaggregated by sex in humanitarian response plans.