Secretary-General speaks with women and girls in storm-ravaged Mozambique
16 July 2019
  • Last week, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres visited Mozambique to assess progress and challenges in the wake of cyclones Idai and Kenneth. © UNFPA Mozambique/Natalia da Luz

  • The devastating cyclones struck just a few weeks apart in March and April. Months later, 46,000 people are still living in camps. © UNFPA Mozambique/Natalia da Luz

  • Mr. Guterres visited a UNFPA-supported women-friendly space, a safe place where women and girls can receive information and referrals to health and social services. © UNFPA Mozambique/Natalia da Luz

  • To respect the women-only space, Mr. Guterres placed his chair outside the entrance of the tent. Agueda Nhantumbo, a UNFPA aid worker, explains how risks to women and girls increase in crisis settings. © UNFPA Mozambique/Natalia da Luz

  • The women-friendly spaces, operated by UNFPA and provincial authorities, also provide supplies for the women to teach each other skills, such as pottery and basket weaving. Here, women teach one another to plait hair. © UNFPA Mozambique/Natalia da Luz

  • “We just need the tools necessary to go back and make a living,” one woman told the Secretary-General. © UNFPA Mozambique/Natalia da Luz

  • The storms offer “a clear example of what’s in store for all of us if we don’t act now: more frequent, intense and damaging natural disasters,” Mr. Guterres said. “We need urgent climate action.” © UNFPA Mozambique/Natalia da Luz

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