In 2004, Kristin Kim Bart was working on the border of Myanmar and Thailand, where the refugee population numbered into the hundreds of thousands. People needed food, shelter, a guarantee to safety, and — as she and her team were finding — resources for gender-based violence.
“The violence women face during humanitarian disasters is often [from] their own home and family,” Bart says. Sixteen years later, the coronavirus pandemic proves no exception. Additionally, women are more likely to be caregivers, and make up a large portion of the health care industry worldwide. Roughly 84% of nurses and midwives around the world are women. Paired together, the virus could be disastrous to refugee camps, especially to the women within them.