PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF REFUGEE AND INTERNALLY DISPLACED CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Picture: Youth and refugee-led organisation I Can South Sudan distribute COVID-19 supplies during the pandemic in Bidi Bidi Refugee camp, Uganda.
Despite being less than one third of the global population, over half of the world's refugees are children, forced to flee from conflicts, crises and climate chaos they had no part in creating. Worldwide, more than 33 million children had been forcibly displaced by the end of 2020 and the number of children experiencing this injustice is rising fast: increasing by 116% between 2010 and 2020 alone.
Refugee and internally displaced children are extremely vulnerable to abuse and violence, especially if they are forced to flee on their own, unaccompanied by their parents or caregivers. They are at heightened risk of trafficking, forced into child labour and early marriage, sexual exploitation and their right to education is severely disrupted.
The 100 Million campaign supports children, young people and refugees themselves to have an equal role in important refugee-focused international bodies and movements such as Education Cannot Wait and a global campaign on financing for Education in Emergencies. With 85% of refugees currently hosted by developing countries, we also advocate for richer countries to stop failing in their responsibilities to protect some of the world's most marginalised children and young people. Find out more by exploring our campaign focus areas below.