Ethiopia is one of the countries in Africa with the highest number of refugees. More than 630,000 refugees from Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan are accommodated in 23 refugee camps spread across the country. The Government maintains an open-door-policy and continues to allow humanitarian access and protection to those seeking refuge on its territory. The majority seeking refuge are women and children. Due to this demographic, within the refugee camps, gender based violence and women’s inequality remain preoccupations.
In response to the refugee crisis and in order to promote gender equality through community media, UNESCO organized, in cooperation with the International Rescue Committee and InsightShare, a participatory video training in Mai-Aini Refugee Camp and in Shire, Ethiopia, in July 2015. The objective of the workshop was to train representative facilitators from 12 refugee camps in participatory video in order to further community engagement practices regarding issues of gender based violence prevention and response and the empowerment of women and girls in the various refugee communities.