Women, children and youth with disabilities' vulnerability and resilience in the Syrian crisis

Women's Refugee Commission


Vulnerability criteria, particularly in the earlier years of the Syrian-crisis response, received a lot of focus and attention by humanitarian actors as a method of targeting assistance. Persons with disabilities, an estimated 20 percent of the refugee population, are included in various vulnerability-based criteria and approaches.

Humanitarian programming and responses have started placing a greater emphasis on resilience at a systems level and at community level. This paradigm shift is transforming the way that countries, donors and UN agencies are responding to a protracted crisis.

This report presents findings from a review of the literature on vulnerability- and resilience-based approaches that have been adopted in the Syrian crisis, and explores how these approaches are applied to women, children and youth with disabilities in this context. The Women's Refugee Commission sets forth recommendation for how vulnerability and resilience-based approaches can better support the protection and empowerment of women, children and youth with disabilities.

The cover shows a picture of two women with disabilities, using a wheelchair while they are outside
Women's Refugee Commission
Publication date


(PDF, 564,73 KB)