Women and girls know best what they need in crises, yet they are often severely under resourced and excluded from decisions that affect them.
More than 235 million people will be affected by humanitarian crises this year. Women and girls are typically hit hardest by conflict and disasters — they are more likely to be displaced, subjected to gender-based violence and to lose their livelihoods.
During the COVID-19 response, local women's groups have often been best placed to respond in emergencies. Women have the trust, knowledge and access to their communities, hold deeper understanding of women’s and girls’ gender-based needs and tend to fulfil frequently unacknowledged services and knowledge gaps in humanitarian response. They are also the ones who stay and deliver well beyond the crisis phase. Why then do women-led and women’s rights organizations receive less than one per cent of official development assistance funding?
CARE's global #SheLeadsInCrisis campaign demands gender-just and women-led response to today’s defining global challenges: conflict, climate, and COVID-19. CARE will work across existing and new networks and external partners to promote women’s voice, leadership, and participation by influencing national governments, targeted UN agencies and coordination mechanisms to fund and elevate women led-organizations (WLOs) in disaster preparedness and response to COVID-19, conflict, and climate crises.
Tell global leaders: When women and girls lead, we all benefit.