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Women & Children in Emergencies
When Disaster Strikes, Women and Girls Often Suffer Most
After floods, earthquakes or conflict, they aren’t just left without shelter and food. They also go without special medical care or defense against dangers like human trafficking.
When clinics are wiped out by storms, pregnant women may face dangerous deliveries. In unlit, unprotected refugee settlements, teen girls walking in the evening may be at risk for harassment or rape. After a crisis destroys a family’s livelihood, domestic violence can increase dramatically. Catastrophes may make it impossible for children, and especially girls, to go to school.
Working with communities hit by natural disasters and war, CARE helps keep women and girls healthy and safe. CARE puts a special focus on girls and women when distributing food and emergency supplies. We make sure girls go to school, raise awareness about violence against women, provide maternal health services and teach mothers skills they need to rebuild their family’s lives. As communities start to recover, CARE ensures that women and girls don’t lose out – and can fulfill their potential.
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Share the facts about women and children in emergencies.
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During normal times, 15% of pregnant women have a complication needing medical intervention.
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Find out how CARE helps Niger’s “elderly” women survive famine.
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One out of every 11 mothers in Afghanistan dies in pregnancy or childbirth.
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We’re helping women widowed by the war in Afghanistan earn a living.
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CARE includes gender in our emergency response efforts around the world.
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