Protection Division

2010s
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In recent years, UNRWA has significantly strengthened its protection response in view of the increasing protection challenges faced by Palestine refugees across the region. Since 2015, there are, for the first time in the Agency’s history, dedicated protection teams working on protection in all five UNRWA field offices. In January 2016, a new Protection Division was established at UNRWA headquarters in Amman to provide strategic direction of, and coordination to, the implementation of the diverse protection activities across the Agency.  These include providing technical support to the protection teams in the five field offices and supporting the key role of programme by providing protection in and through UNRWA’s service delivery. The Protection Division consolidated and integrated the different thematic strands of protection work across the Agency including: child protection, gender/gender-based Violence (GBV), and disability.