Since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25th, and a further earthquake struck on May 12th, UN Women has been working to provide supplies, support and improve communications, safety and health for women and girls.
While disasters do not discriminate, women, men and children experience their impacts differently. Global research has shown that women and children are 14 times more likely to die or be injured in a disaster, and in addition to losing their homes and livelihoods, they also face increased risks of gender-based and sexual violence, loss or reduction of economic opportunities and increased workload.
From the early days following the first earthquake, UN Women provided guidance to ensure women’s and girls’ concerns were heard and addressed across the relief efforts, recovery and reconstruction work.
In collaboration with local women’s groups, UN Women has established multi-purpose women’s centres as hubs that provide information, cash to work programs and supplies to those affected by the earthquake. Supplies range from solar lanterns to radios and dignity kits, which 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.
UN Women National Committee donors responded quickly to Nepal’s call for help, and continue to make a real difference in getting much needed supplies and support on the ground.