That will only be possible if international economic institutions support countries like Turkey, Lebanon and Ethiopia in fulfilling their responsibilities to refugees as well as to their own populations. For example, Uganda was one of the first countries to receive economic support to help the country deliver on its promise to welcome and economically integrate millions of refugees. Uganda hosts the highest number of refugees in Africa and boasts one of the highest refugee employment rates, at 37%, right behind the United States at 40%.
IRC is calling for the establishment of a Global Refugee Women and Work Commission to help other countries follow Uganda's lead, which would include donors, host governments, international organizations and the private sector. A good place to start is the selection process for a new IMF managing director. As the new IMF chief is selected, candidates must be asked to publicly declare whether they intend to continue Christine Lagarde's work in the area of gender pay inequality, and specifically how they will address the issue of women refugees' access to work.
Taking on the injustice of unequal access to work for women refugees is an imperative in the global fight for gender equality. The stakes are just too high to fail.