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Refugee Women's Network records

Identifier: W096

Scope and Content of the Records

The Refugee Women's Network records, 1989-2012, consist of correspondence, minutes, printed material, financial records, artifacts, textiles, photographs, and sound and audiovisual recordings, organized in 7 series: Office files, Training programs, Fundraising and grant proposals, Research and media, Networking organizations, Artifacts and textiles, and Audiovisual materials.


  • Creation: 1989-2012


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

History of Refugee Women's Network

In 1995, a group of women, refugees to the United States, founded the Refugee Women's Network (RWN). Its mission is to be "a national nonprofit organization created by women for women, that focuses on enhancing refugee and immigrant women's strengths, skills, and courage through leadership training, education and advocacy to promote independence, self-sufficiency and networking among its participants." The founders had lived in various regions of the U.S. and had experience with refugee settlement agencies, which they found tended to overlook the needs and skills of women.

Governed by a board primarily made up of immigrants, RWN's Executive Directors have included founding member Xuan Nguyen-Sutter, Grace Dunbar, BryAnne Chen, and Doua Kue-Morris. Its office is located in Decatur, Georgia. The organization provides training in community development techniques for refugee women all over the United States, as well as workshops in life and financial skills. Assisting women who are starting or growing businesses is another goal, accomplished by through training, technical assistance, and microloans. In its first 17 years of existence, RWN's programs benefited over 3,500 refugee, asylee, and immigrant women from 30 US states, representing 40 different ethnic groups and countries of origin.


38.6 Linear Feet (in 78 boxes)

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Refugee Women's Network is a national nonprofit organization created by women for women in 1995, that focuses on enhancing refugee and immigrant women's strengths, skills, and courage through leadership training, education and advocacy. Its records, 1989-2012, consist of correspondence, minutes, printed material, financial records, artifacts, textiles, photographs, and sound and audiovisual recordings.

Organization of the Records

Organized into 7 series: I: Office Files; II: Training Programs; III: Fundraising and Grant Proposals; IV: Research and Media; V: Networking Organizations; VI: Artifacts and Textiles; VII: Audio/Visual Materials.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Refugee Women's Network courtesy of BryAnne Chen, July and August 2007. Further donations in April and July 2011.

Separated Materials

During processing periodicals and monographs were separated to other Women's collections. For periodicals, see the Women's Printed Collection: Periodicals finding aid or the library catalog for access. For books, see online catalog. Consult Special Colections for more information and access.

Separated to Women's Printed Collection: Periodicals (W-Periodicals)

  1. Refugees (Washington, DC: UN High Commissioner for Refugees), vol. 2, No.119, 2000

Separated to Women's Printed Collection: Spec Books

  1. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Refugee Children: Guidelines on Protection and Care (Geneva: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 2001)
  2. Gouvernement du Canada Étude Machel, 1996-2000 : Etude Critique des Progrès Accomplis et des Obstacles Soulevés quant à L'amélioration de la Protection Accordée aux Enfants Touchés par la Guerre (Ottowa: Gouvernement du Canada, 2000)
  3. Arlette Consulting and Training Leadership Training for Refugee Women Case Workers (Refugee Women's Network Workbook for conference, July 10, 1997)
  4. King, Martin Luther, and Coretta Scott King. The words of Martin Luther King, Jr. (New York: Newmarket Press, 2001)
  5. United Nations Development Fund for Women, and United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service. Putting Gender on the Agenda: A Guide to Participating in UN World Conferences (New York: United Nations Development Fund for Women, 1995)
  6. Lang-Blade, Rachel, Through our lens: Participatory Documentary Video in Refugee Women Health Promoters' Training (A thesis submitted through the Hurbet Department of Global Health Rollins School of Public Health Emory University in particular fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Public Health, August 2009)
  7. Women's Foreign Policy Group 2001 Directory of Members (Washington, DC: The Women's Foreign Policy Group), 2001
  8. Policy Issues Monograph 97-03, June 1997 (John Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies)
  9. Books on Women and Development, 2000 (New York, NY: Women Ink)
  10. The Right to Human Rights Education: The United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004), No.3
  11. Bong-Write, Jackie. Autumn Cloud: From Vietnamese War Widow to American Activist (Sterling, VA: Capital Books, Inc., 2001
  12. Canadian Council for refugees. International Conference on Refugee women Fleeing Gender-Based Persecution: conference Proceedings (Montreal, May 4-6, 2001)
  13. NGO Forum on Women. Look at the World Through Women's Eyes, Final Report, August 30-September 8, 1995

Processing Information

Processed by Heather Howell at the file level, March 2011-June 2011. Files arranged into seven series.

Refugee Women's Network:
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
9 June 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2881 (Fax)