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Anuar and Nur Naher live in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Their parents died and their brother was shot. Since 2017, more than 900,000 refugees have made the perilous journey from the neighboring Rakhine State in Myanmar into Bangladesh to escape violence, death and destruction. CARE has been working in the refugee camps since the beginning of the crisis providing emergency shelter, medical support, clean water, sanitation, gender-based violence support and more.

Depending on where you live, the COVID-19 pandemic has likely started to settle into a new reality for you.

For many of us, our communities, governments, friends and family have offered protection and support. Homemade or purchased cloth masks are helping to curb the transmission of micro-droplets when social distancing isn’t possible. The plexi-glass pane at the grocery store adds an additional layer of safety when we shop for our food. The latest science and data is available through our home internet, cell phone or television, helping us to stay informed and protect our loved ones. And of course, many of our household needs are a click away, so we can largely stay at home.

Home is, after all, where we are the safest.

Of course COVID-19 affects us all, but not equally. It is a far greater threat to the millions of women and girls around the world who don’t have a safe space for themselves and their families.

Globally, more than 70 million people have been forced from their home or country due to conflict, climate change or natural disaster. These families live in vulnerable settings including refugee camps or informal settlements where physical distancing is nearly impossible. Many have very little access to public health or live in countries with weakened public health infrastructure that will be unable to support them as COVID-19 spreads.

Despite having little space, clean water or personal protection, women and girls displaced from their homes are responding to this crisis with resilience and resolve – lifting each other up and through the COVID-19 crisis.

We know this pandemic knows no borders – and that we will only be truly safe, when all of us are safe. COVID-19 is a global pandemic that requires a global solution.

With your help, CARE can ensure women and girls have the tools and support to not only survive this crisis, but to forge a more equal, more resilient world.

For those of us in Canada who are grateful for the safety and protection of home, it’s time to fuel the resilience and leadership of the women and girls facing COVID-19 without a safe place of their own.

This is the time to show you CARE.

- Barbara Grantham, CARE Canada President and CEO