Women take charge after Hurricane Irma
29 September 2017
  • In Antigua, women have emerged as leaders in the efforts to recover from Hurricane Irma. Gwendolyn Walker, a displaced social worker, manages a shelter with some 40 residents. © UNFPA/Katheline Ruiz
  • The entire population of Barbuda was evacuated to Antigua in the aftermath of the hurricane. Women and girls have been left disproportionately vulnerable. © UNFPA/Katheline Ruiz
  • Even so, women evacuees are taking charge, managing a number of shelters and connecting their fellow residents to key services. © UNFPA/Katheline Ruiz
  • Ms. Walker and Alethea Byers told UNFPA that many women still have ongoing needs, including a need for counselling and health care. © UNFPA/Katheline Ruiz
  • UNFPA is working with partners, including UN Women and the government, to provide these essential services. Samantha Burnette says she will continue working for her residents "until the very end." © UNFPA/Katheline Ruiz