UN Women is working across the globe in over 100 countries to prevent and put an end to violence against women.

Since August 2017 almost 1 million Rohingya refugees have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

In crisis settings, lack of light after sunset can have a devastating effect on safety and security – under the cover of darkness, women and girls face an even higher risk of violence and sexual assault.

UN Women works on the ground in the wake of disaster and the midst of conflict to deliver solutions that empower women, ensuring their needs are met and they are protected from gender-based violence. Sometimes these solutions are as simple as providing a light source.

UN Women and partners distribute dignity kits containing essential relief items such as sanitary napkins and solar lights to women and their families in Cox’s Bazar.

With access to a light source, women and girls are able to regain their independence and sense of safety to carry out everyday activities such as visiting the toilet, collecting water, returning to their shelter from elsewhere or completing homework after dark.

Rubina, 16, who was separated from her parents while crossing the Naf River into Bangladesh, has found the solar lamp in her dignity kit very useful. “After dark, women and girls are often afraid to go outside of their tents, even to access a toilet or to get water from the tube well. This lamp is a relief for us!”

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