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Protection and Gender in Emergency Response for Solomon Islands

Friday, November 2, 2018

Women and girls are often first responders in crises and, when given the opportunity, have the capacity to lead in disaster preparation, response and resilience building. A new project to strengthen this capacity through protection and gender in humanitarian response in the Solomon Islands was launched by UN Women and the Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) today. The project is implemented by the Ministry of Women... More

Empowering Rohingya women and girls through art

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

To commemorate World Refugee Day, UN Women hosted “Awareness through Art” workshop at Balukhali, Camp-18 for women and girl refugees to enjoy their right to a life of dignity. The event, held at UN Women’s Women’s Centre, incorporated art and awareness on gender equality in an interactive style so that Rohingya women and girls could express their ideas about what it means to be a woman... More

Solar lamps, alternative fuel, feminine hygiene products—relief that counts in the practical needs of Rohingya women refugees

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mahmuda Begum, 23, lives in a makeshift settlement at the Moynerghona, Balukhali camp, in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. She arrived recently with a newborn baby she had delivered, without any medical assistance, just before crossing the border of Myanmar. She is among the estimated 688,000 new arrivals of Rohingya refugees to Cox’s Bazar, and has had a harrowing journey. “Being eight months pregnant, I had to endure inhumane suffering while we were fleeing from our home,” she said... More

Diverse and Local Humanitarians Essential for Disaster Preparedness and Response

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

“Humanitarian preparedness and response must include the voices and action of all in society, to ensure that humanitarian assistance is just, inclusive, safe and dignified,” said Noelene Nabulivou, political advisor of Diverse Voices for Action and Equality (DIVA for Equality). Sharing circle facilitated by DIVA for Equality and UN Women at the Pacific Humanitarian Partnership Meeting in Suva. Photo: UN Women/Caitlin Clifford A sharing circle facilitated... More

Putting the “Grand Bargain” into Action in the Pacific

Friday, August 18, 2017

On 19 August, World Humanitarian Day, UN Women joins other humanitarian actors in recognising the essential work of humanitarians in conflict zones and disasters. For UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office, working in the Pacific region means preparing for and responding to increasingly severe tropical cyclones – as seen with devastating Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston that hit Fiji in February 2016, affecting nearly 40 per cent of Fiji’s... More

In Viet Nam, women are leading disaster prevention and response

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Le Thuy district, located along Kien Giang river, is among the high-risk flood zones in Quang Binh province, central Viet Nam. People here are used to gauging the weather patterns from observing the water level. After two years without flooding, in October last year, Le Thuy’s luck turned for the worse—three consecutive floods came within a month. "Most of the villagers were sleeping when the flood was rushing in,” recalls Huong Duong, a small shopkeeper living near Kien... More

Pakistan-Afghanistan dialogue on women’s situation in displacement: Challenges and way forward for policy and practice

Friday, August 26, 2016

A first joint initiative between Pakistan and Afghanistan took place on Thursday 25 August 2016 to assist women during displacement to enhance synergies so regional and provincial responses and coordination mechanisms incorporate women and girls as change agents and promote gender equality commitments in disasters and emergencies. The meeting ‘Pakistan-Afghanistan dialogue on women’s situation in displacement: Challenges and way forward for policy and practice’, was hosted... More

Strengthening responses to safeguard the rights of vulnerable groups during disasters

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA) with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) through support from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to strengthen responses with focus on women and issues faced by them during and post disasters. Pakistan has been home to complex emergencies and disasters, which have devastating consequences, including widening of the ‘gender’ gaps between... More

Speaking the same language in post disaster Nepal

Monday, April 25, 2016

A few days after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on 25 April 2015, the the wounded started streaming in to Gorkha Bajar, a small town some 150 kilometres from the capital of Kathmandu. The epicentre was less than four hours away by car on rough mountain terrain. As some villages didn’t have roads, many injured were flown in to the district... More

Preventing and responding to violence against women and girls is crucial in Winston response

Monday, April 4, 2016

Time and time again, it has been shown that in the aftermath of a disaster, women and girls face even higher risks of violence than they do under ordinary circumstances. The damage – whether it is physical or psychological – is often much harder to see and takes longer to emerge, for many reasons, including the shame and stigma that surrounds reporting such violence. Tropical Cyclone Winston is no exception, with reports of violence and exploitation of survivors beginning to... More

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