Every year, millions of people are displaced from their homes. Almost half are women.
Natural disasters like epidemics, pandemics, tsunamis, earthquakes and droughts, as well as conflict and war, put millions in urgent need of clean water, soap, food and shelter. These disasters also threaten women's safety and health in unique ways.
In emergencies, we meet urgent needs to save lives, but also look at long-term solutions for womens' livelihoods, health, safety and leadership. Women are often left out of critical decisions that affect them, like how food, water, hygiene kits and medicine are distributed, and even where to build the toilets. It's time to change that.
What is Oxfam Doing?
We work with local partners to listen to and meet the unique needs of women and girls.
Designing programs for women, with women and women's rights organizations.
Putting power back in women's hands in times of crisis.
Taking direction from local humanitarians who tell us what is needed for the long term.