Protecting women and girls along the migratory route

Find out how we are protecting women and girls in Eastern Sudan, as well as further along the migratory route.

Sudanese Red Crescent volunteers at Hamdayet Border Reception Centre, Eastern Sudan

Sudanese Red Crescent volunteers at Hamdayet Border Reception Centre, Eastern Sudan

Protecting women and girls along the migratory route

Women and girls on the move are some of the most vulnerable people, facing a range of humanitarian and protection issues. On their long and dangerous journeys, they are at risk of trafficking and sexual and gender-based violence.

The British Red Cross, alongside the Danish Red Cross, Sudanese Red Crescent Society and Ahfad University for Women in Sudan, is supporting women and girls affected by trafficking and sexual and gender-based violence in Kassala, Eastern Sudan.

The project aims to reach more than 25,000 women and children directly over the course of two years.

We are also increasing awareness in communities about trafficking and sexual and gender-based violence, which are sensitive topics in Sudan.

Through the programme women and girls along the migratory route in Eastern Sudan will have their dignity, rights, and protection needs met, and be empowered to make informed decisions and experience safer migration paths.

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Sudan Kassala safe house programme

Covid-19 threatens to devastate the refugee camps of Eastern Sudan and the migrant and refugee women, girls and children who are staying there. 

Conditions inside the camps and reception centres are packed, making self-isolation impossible. There’s also little access to water, making hand-washing and good hygiene practice extremely difficult.

With fear and tension in the camps at an all time high, women, girls and children are especially vulnerable to sexual exploitation, abuse and trafficking.

To protect these vulnerable women and children, the Red Cross has set up the Kassala Safe Houses programme on the borders of Eritrea and Sudan, for survivors of human trafficking and gender-based violence.

Led by female Sudanese Red Crescent Society volunteers, the safe house is helping victims of gender-based violence process their trauma and move forward with their lives. It’s a safe space to heal emotionally and physically.

As well as nourishing food, women have access to doctors should they need them. They are also offered classes, such as languages, computer skills, training and tailoring to help them settle into new countries once they move on. 

Can you help?

As most of Sudan remains unvaccinated, we desperately need to protect vulnerable women from Covid-19 too. With help from the International Relief Fund, the Red Cross will continue to:

  • develop, translate and hand out messages, promoting safety around Covid-19
  • distribute vital PPE to the frontline staff working at Kassala safe house
  • clean all affected areas thoroughly with disinfectant
  • give dignity kits to women and girls containing sanitary towels
  • improve hygiene by setting up hand washing points, showers and toilets.

Your donation could save lives. Please donate if you can.


Last updated 11 August 2021

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