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Hurricane Matthew

Louisiane Nazaire, a founding member of a woman-led cooperative in Haiti, stands outside her office that was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.

In humanitarian crises, women and girls are disproportionately affected. But far from being passive victims, women are amongst the first responders these emergencies, bringing vital skills and knowledge to help save lives and livelihoods. Louisiane Nazaire is one of these women. When Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti in October 2016, she and other members of a women-led cooperative leapt into action. Louisiane explains why women's leadership is essential in emergencies. 

Women committee members and ActionAid local partner staff who are coordinating the Hurricane Matthew emergency response in their community on the outskirts of Jeremie town, Grand Anse, Haiti

Last week I travelled to Haiti as part of ActionAid’s emergency response team in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, which struck on 4th October, killing hundreds of people and destroying thousands of homes and livelihoods.

ActionAid local partner, KPGA, distributing emergency kits after Hurricane Matthew. Each 20 litre bucket included anti-bacterial soap, tooth brushes and paste, sanitary pads, 60 water cleaning tablets, washing liquid and toilet paper

On 4th October 2016, Hurricane Matthew hit my country - Haiti. It destroyed homes, schools, crops, and roads, and brought island life to a halt. Our team has been responding to the crisis ever since, and thanks to public generosity, we have helped communities recover and build back stronger, through working with local partners, ensuring women lead the response, and focussing on sustainable solutions.