On 17 and 18 December 2019, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and the Government of Switzerland will jointly host in Geneva a world meeting on refugees, the first-ever Global Refugee Forum (GRF). The two-day global conference is the first gathering at the Ministerial level to follow up on the practical implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees, affirmed at the UN in New York in December 2018.
I am more than thrilled to be invited and our social enterprise considered to be part of the MADE51.org project.
We are working right now on a new line of toys to be included to the MADE51 collection and crocheted by our team of Syrian refugee mothers.
We offer a non-conventional and inclusive work model especially adapted to provide a livelihood to displaced communities and more precisely refugee women. Refugee mothers (at least those we came to meet in Turkey) are often excluded from the job market altogether. It is hard for them to leave their house and they usually care for their children. For most of them, they never worked before. Bebemoss via its social entreprise Sector7 offers those women a flexible work opportunity where little skills are necessary; where the women can work from our workshop and bring their small kids along or they can mostly work from home. The women can also work more or fewer hours depending on their other needs or availability. In the long run, this sustainable job offers a good additional income to the family for most cases enough to feed them and prevents one of the older children to work.
The Refugee Forum will bring together leaders and influential figures. In addition to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres is expected to attend. The participation of Heads of State/Government for co-convening countries will be confirmed closer to the event.
The Global Refugee Forum will also be an occasion for the international community to showcase and exchange good practices at national, regional or global levels.
The first Global Refugee Forum will focus on six thematic areas: arrangements for burden and responsibility-sharing, education, jobs and livelihoods, energy and infrastructure, solutions, and protection capacity.
I can not tell you how excited I am, Geneva here we come!