Women and girls are among the most vulnerable during emergencies

Women and girls are the hardest hit in conflict when disaster strikes, yet they often do not have a say in the design and delivery of humanitarian aid. Their health and safety are at greater risk, they are often first to lose their means of income when economies suffer, and they eat last or least when food is scarce.

Despite the challenges they face, women are also on the front lines of emergency response—as caregivers, health care providers and more, yet they are often left out of decision-making.

The number of humanitarian emergencies around the globe are increasing at an alarming rate. Natural disasters caused by climate change, economic collapse, new and ongoing conflicts, and health crises like COVID-19 have led to an overwhelming need for humanitarian assistance. Unfortunately, humanitarian resources are at an all-time high, while resources are spread thin.

CARE works with communities around the world to prepare for and minimize the impact of disasters on women, girls and their families. Our approach to emergency response helps shift power and resources directly to women in communities affected by crisis. We work to ensure everyone's voices are heard, and in particular, that women and girls are meaningfully engaged, listened to and that we act on their priorities.

You can help us support communities—especially women and children—so they can recover after a crisis.

Sign today to support our efforts and be a voice for women and children impacted by disaster.
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