JRS Programs for Women and Girls in Honor of Joan Rosenhauer

Joan Rosenhauer was the first woman to lead JRS/USA and will soon close the chapter on her 12 years of dedicated service. Joan served on the JRS/USA board from 2012-2018 and as Executive Director and President from 2018-2024.


If you would like to make a gift to honor Joan’s leadership, please see the giving links below.


Displaced women and girls face a unique set of risks in comparison to their male counterparts. 

In most societies, women face violence, discrimination, and abuse at disproportionate rates and being displaced exacerbates this problem. Social and cultural norms keep girls at home in varying refugee communities under the belief that boys have greater future earning potential. Religious and traditional values also discourage education and prioritize marriage, resulting in a high rate of child marriage and early pregnancy in some developing countries.


JRS believes that in order to ensure the wellbeing of refugee women and girls, it is necessary to develop a holistic understanding of the challenges they face. The solutions that JRS provides to overcome and reduce these challenges form a comprehensive strategy: integrating mental health and psychosocial support services (MHPSS), market-based livelihood programs, gender responsive education, and peace and reconciliation initiatives.