Nepal Earthquake Update – Protecting the most vulnerable

Since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25th, UN Women has been working to improve communications, safety and health for women and girls.

With your help, thousands of the most vulnerable women affected by the earthquake have now received urgently needed supplies, including dignity kits.

The dignity kits contain essential items such as soap, underwear, a change of clothes and sanitary products, allowing displaced women and girls to maintain respect, health and hygiene in their daily lives following the devastating earthquake.

Supplies are one vital part of the recovery. The leadership of women and girls in the assessment, planning and implementation of the relief and reconstruction work is crucial to ensuring the needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls are identified and addressed. Getting back to work is one key to breaking the cycle of poverty.

That’s why UN Women has established seven Multi-Purpose Women’s Centres, with the support of local women. Seven more Women’s Centres are planned. The centres serve as a hub for early recovery and livelihood activities. They are providing cash-to-work programs for women to become immediately involved and employed to support recovery efforts.
The Women’s Centres also provide psycho-social counselling, information and referrals, including referrals to services to support women and girls who have experienced violence.

Local women are among the most effective to organise their communities to work together in times of crisis. This outreach builds on UN Women’s ongoing work harnessing the power of women as change-agents and leaders, shaping their communities whether in times of crisis or in daily life.

UN Women has been working on the ground in Nepal for 15 years and is here to stay. We couldn’t do it without your support.