Natural disasters tend to make low income and poor people—the majority of whom are women—even more vulnerable to physical assault as well as to greater economic challenges in the years that follow.
Today markes World Humanitarian Day, a time to celebrate the efforts of men and women who work to save lives in war and natural disaster.
Though we have come a long way in recognizing the right of reproductive health for refugees, there is much to be done. Displaced populations in humanitarian settings continue to fall through the cracks, especially since food, water, and shelter are prioritized. While on the move for safety, women are particularly vulnerable to unwanted pregnancy, death during childbirth, sexual violence and STIs.