Promoting Gender Equality
Protecting Women in Emergency Situations
Humanitarian crises - whether caused by armed conflict or natural disaster - always hurt women and girls the most.
In times of upheaval, pregnancy-related deaths and sexual violence soar. Reproductive health services - including prenatal care, assisted delivery, and emergency obstetric care - often become unavailable. Young people become more vulnerable to HIV infection and sexual exploitation. And many women lose access to family planning services, exposing them to unwanted pregnancy in perilous conditions.
UNFPA Humanitarian Response moves quickly when emergency strikes, to protect the reproductive health of communities in crisis.
HEIGHTENED RISK, GREATER NEED
The impact of armed conflict or natural disaster on
reproductive health can be devastating, particularly
for women and children.
Women and children account for more than
75 per cent of the refugees and displaced persons
from war, famine, persecution and natural disaster.
of reproductive age comprise a quarter of the at-risk
in five is likely to
Many women forced to flee were already
poor or otherwise vulnerable in the first place.
their partners and their communities, alone with
their children, their vulnerability to sexual exploitation
and violence is even higher.
Vulnerability to natural
disasters is increasing, exacerbated by poverty
and environmental destruction.
At least 90 per cent of the victims of natural disasters
live in developing countries.