When disasters strike around the world, women and girls are often hit the hardest.
More women than men are killed by disasters like tsunamis and earthquakes, and violence against women and girls increases during all emergencies.
This is why women's and girls' needs must be central to any crisis response.
Women understand the risks to all women and girls during an emergency, and they know what their families and communities need most. They know who is in need, where they live, and how to get to them fast.
Our 50 years of experience have shown us that disaster response and prevention is most effective when women are at the heart of it; they are able to prioritise areas that benefit the most vulnerable in society.
At ActionAid, we don’t just provide cash and emergency supplies to women at the frontline of crises. We train women to help them spot early signs of disasters, lead evacuations, set up safe spaces, and distribute essential supplies themselves.
In the long term, we also help women to recreate their livelihoods, develop new income sources and help them fight for their rights at local and national government levels.
With your support, we can ensure more women can effectively help their communities respond to the crises they are forced to face.
By donating today, you can help women and their communities become more resilient in times of crisis.
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How does ActionAid help women in crisis?
- We provide cash transfers to women so they can use the money where they need it most.
- We help women set up safe spaces during a disaster to address their needs and help foster women’s leadership.
- We work with women to develop alternative livelihoods and income sources during and after times of crisis.
- We train women and girls in disaster-risk-reduction by helping them to spot early warning signs and ensuring efficient and timely evacuations during floods and storms.
- We work with women to reduce the impact of disaster. For example, we help women in Cambodia plant mangroves to provide flood protection by reducing the force of oncoming waves and storm surges.
- We promote women's engagement as leaders so that their voices are heard directly at all levels of decision-making.
Why should women lead in a crisis?
Current emergency responses and humanitarian actions tend to be led by men with women either underrepresented or absent from leadership roles. As a result, women and girls are often left out of the important decisions that affect their lives.
Without women's leadership and participation, emergency aid efforts are less effective at meeting the needs of women and girls, and their communities.
At ActionAid, we know that women and girls must be part of the solution.
- Women intimately understand the risks to all women and girls during a crisis: the increase in violence, the rise in burdens of care, the closures of schools.
- Women know their communities best. They know who is in most need, where they live, and how to get to them fast.
- When women lead, their whole communities benefit - not just in the aftermath of a disaster but long into the future as they come up with sustainable answers to challenges.
Trained and empowered to take the lead, women are a crucial part of the solution in responding to crises.
Women leading the distribution of essential items in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. ActionAid
Page updated 21 February 2022