UN Women’s relief efforts for women and girls after Hurricane Matthew

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016

UN Women's relief efforts for women and girls after hurricane Matthew - Fact SheetDisasters increase specific risks for women, exacerbating all their existing social, economic and physical vulnerabilities.

Displacement, over-crowded internally displaced centres, lack of privacy, lighting and access to information, limited and unsegregated wash facilities and other factors often contribute to higher rates of sexual violence against women.

The goal of UN Women’s humanitarian response to the crisis in Haiti is to ensure that equitable and gender-responsive access to humanitarian assistance through Haitian women’s leadership and equal participation in the delivery and design of the interventions. UN Women's response is developed by Haitian women for Haitian women.

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