Welcome to the new look website of ANCORW Co-operative Limited, the Australian National Committee on Refugee Women.
80 percent of the worlds 20 million refugees are women and their dependent children. They are forced to flee from their homes and their countries, in danger of their lives. They often suffer violence, rape and sexual abuse, torture, hunger, and loss of everything they hold dear. Family members are lost or killed. Refugee camps are often as dangerous as the places from which they have escaped. Refugee women are strong and resourceful . Despite all that they suffer, they protect their families, maintain their culture and rebuild shattered communities once conflict is over. When resettled in developed countries, the women take the role of supporting their families to settle into a new and strange environment
ANCORW was established as a vehicle for supporting these women, both within Australia and internationally.
Some of the photographs used on this site are from refugee camps visited by ANCORW representatives in Ethiopia, Kenya, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. Others have been graciously approved for use by UNHCR.