A new report from CARE Danmark shows that women and girls in emergencies are extremely vulnerable. However, not enough funds are set aside to both prevent the problem and provide necessary support for the afflicted women.
More than two out of three women experience gender-based violence, such as sexual assault or partner violence, in connection to war and disasters. It is far more than during normal conditions. Deaths in pregnant women also increase dramatically, and many more young girls are forced into marriage. At the same time, women’s access to employment and income opportunities fall, which make it even harder for them to start a new life.
Main findings of the report:
Targeted support for women in the event of disaster is severely underfinanced.
Katja Iversen, Chairwomen for Women Deliver, has written the preface. (Pdf)