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Placing Pacific women at the forefront of disaster planning and response

17 January 2017

As the Pacific braces itself for another cyclone season, UN Women is leading efforts to ensure that women and girls are at the centre of disaster preparedness, response and recovery work. More

UN Women provides immediate support to women in Grande Anse after Hurricane Matthew

12 October 2016

On October 11, UN Women staff in Haiti visited Jeremie, one of the most affected areas by Hurricane Matthew in the Grande Anse Department, and met with women's organizations, civil society and local authorities to discuss and respond to the most urgent challenges that women and girls are facing after the catastrophic storm. More

Preparing for disasters, rebuilding in the aftermath

12 October 2016

On International Day for Disaster Reduction, 13 October, UN Women spotlights women’s rights and potential for building more disaster resilient communities and nations. More

At WHS, participants vow to put women and girls at centre of decision-making

25 May 2016

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) drew to a close on 24 May, after two days of historic discussions among global leaders from 173 countries, focused on how to respond more effectively and inclusively to major humanitarian crises and be better prepared to meet future challenges. More

At WHS side event, participants call on global leaders to prioritize local women’s groups in humanitarian response

25 May 2016

On 23 May, the first day of the World Humanitarian Summit , UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec co-hosted a side event on how to realize the commitments being made to gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

UN Women Executive Director presents UN commitments to embed gender equality in humanitarian response

25 May 2016

Closing remarks from UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the World Humanitarian Summit Roundtable, Women and Girls: Catalyzing Action to Achieve Gender Equality, 24 May 2016 in Istanbul. More

Press release: At World Humanitarian Summit, UN Women calls for women’s rights and empowerment to be central principles of humanitarian action

23 May 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec will join other world leaders at the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) held today and tomorrow in Istanbul, Turkey. The first gathering of its kind, the Summit aims to place humanity—people’s safety, dignity and the right to thrive—at the heart of global decision-making and initiate a set of concrete actions and commitments to enable countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises. With more than 5,000 expected participants, the programme will include seven high-level leaders' roundtables on priority action areas. More

Getting humanitarian action right for women and girls

20 May 2016

In a statement ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul from 23-24 May, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says getting humanitarian action right for women is central to increasing the effectiveness of humanitarian response, bridging the gap with development, and accelerating the path to recovery for the millions affected. More

Speaking the same language in post-disaster Nepal

24 April 2016

After the devastating earthquakes in Nepal, a local woman takes an active role in humanitarian action as an interpreter and social mobilizer. More

Nepal: A year after the earthquakes

20 April 2016

As we approach the one-year mark since the earthquakes in Nepal, a spotlight on Nepali women and girls, their stories and their solutions. More

Gender equality must be at the core of humanitarian action says international community

18 March 2016

At CSW60, government representatives, civil society groups and high-level UN officials highlighted the centrality of gender equality in humanitarian action and urged world leaders to make concrete commitments at the World Humanitarian Summit in May. More

Building resilience for South Sudanese women through humanitarian assistance

17 March 2016

Following a successful pilot in 2014, UN Women in South Sudan has scaled up the provision of humanitarian assistance to reach 6,000 vulnerable women and girls and 1500 men and boys in displaced settlements in Nimule, Eastern Equatorial State, Mingkaman in Lakes State and Juba in Central Equatoria State. More

Fiji cyclone appeal: Help keep women and girls safe and support rebuilding efforts

24 February 2016

On 20 February 2016, Fiji was hit by one of the strongest cyclones ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere. Wind gusts of over 300 km per hour flattened villages, destroyed crops and damaged critical infrastructure. Around 98 per cent of the population has been affected, the majority of whom are women and children. The women of Fiji already faced rates of violence double the global average and the aftermath of the cyclone puts women at an even greater risk of sexual or physical assault, even as they work to rebuild their homes and livelihoods. Women in Fiji need somewhere to turn if they experience violence and support in rebuilding their livelihoods. More

Post-disaster assessment in Myanmar highlights disproportionate impact on women

17 December 2015

Due to a variety of factors, women and girls are especially vulnerable at times of crisis. More

Statement by UN Women on World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2015

18 August 2015

In a statement on World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2015, UN Women pays tribute to those who have dedicated their lives to end the suffering of others, and who bring hope where it is most needed. Their humanitarian spirit and actions inspire us every day. More

Making sure women play an active role in emergency response and disaster reduction

18 August 2015

On World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, we take a look at UN Women’s work to ensure that women’s needs are considered and voices heard in humanitarian action and disaster planning. More

Gender Equality Update highlights results of Nepal’s Post-Disaster Needs Assessment

18 August 2015

In its fourth edition, the UN Women and OCHA-led Gender Working Group’s Gender Equality Update highlights the results of Nepal’s Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), along with news and key facts summaries related to gender equality and women’s empowerment in the emergency response after the earthquakes in Nepal. More

Black Friday destroys village livelihoods in Vanuatu

02 April 2015

In the wake of devastating Tropical Cyclone Pam, UN Women is working with market vendors, governments and donors to help affected market women restore their livelihoods and build resilience against future shocks. More

Rural Women in Viet Nam Train for a Rainy Day

16 February 2012

The Women's Union building in Viet Nam's Binh Dinh Province is afloat with music, as traditional songs about the province, the seasons, fishing and farming drift through its rooms. Yet those singing know that the life they celebrate is under threat. Each has gathered here to discuss plans and actions for tackling natural disasters. More

Leadership in Communities: Thai Women Preparing for Natural Disasters

03 January 2012

For Chaluay Kawaonag, and her community in the province of Pathum Thani in Thailand, the flood waters that inundated their homes in October were not unexpected. About 46 kilometres from Thailand's bustling capital of Bangkok, they live in the low-lying areas by the Chao Phraya river, along canals that feed the paddy fields. However, no one anticipated the extent of damage that the floods would cause. More

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