On this episode of 15 Minutes to Change the World, we speak with Najeeba Wazefadost and Bárbara Romero, two of the five co-founders of Global Independent Refugee Women Leaders (GIRWL). They share their personal stories as refugees and insights on how COVID-19 is affecting refugee communities and internally displaced persons around the world.

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Refugee women making masks in Uganda

For a group of women tailors located in a village in Uganda’s Bidibidi settlement zone, all has not been lost during the pandemic. Their story is a true reflection of the old adage “every cloud has a silver lining” thanks to CARE and support from UN Women.

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For those of us in Canada who are grateful for the safety and protection of home, it’s time to fuel the resilience and leadership of the women and girls facing COVID-19 without a safe place of their own. This is the time to show you CARE.

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CARE has been producing and distributing Lafaek educational magazines to students since 1999, and they now go to every school in Timor-Leste. With schools now closed, children have taken the magazines home to use them as teaching and learning tools with their parents.

We all need courage and patience to get us through the pandemic. All around the world, CARE teams and the people you support have been rising to the challenge. And they are adding one more critical ingredient: creativity.

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