• Sexual & Reproductive Health

    We Can’t Help “Every Woman” if We Forget Refugees

    The women – and girls – most at risk for preventable maternal mortality currently live or soon will in fragile or humanitarian settings. In fact, in the next 15 years, the years covered by the Sustainable Development Goals, more than 60 percent of preventable maternal deaths will claim these women.

    Giving Birth When the Health Center Has Been Washed Away

    What happens if you’re pregnant and start hemorrhaging, but the health care center has been destroyed? In a recent 3-day training of trainers, the WRC addressed exactly this question. 

    Why the ACLU is suing over Catholic groups and abortions for unauthorized immigrants

    Up to 80% of the women and girls fleeing Central America are sexually assaulted during the journey. Once here, they may be prevented from receiving legal contraception and abortion.

    Sexual and reproductive health: An essential element of disaster preparedness and response

    When Tropical Cyclone Pam slammed into Vanuatu, it was a grim reminder that sexual and reproductive health must be a mainstay of disaster risk reduction plans. Trust.org.

    Five Years After the Haiti Earthquake, Let’s Prepare for the Next Disaster Before It Strikes

    Five Years After the Haiti Earthquake

    On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and rendering almost 2 million homeless. Five years later, the country is still struggling to rebuild. Since then, natural disasters have continued, affecting millions more people around the world. Untold thousands have died, been injured or lost their livelihoods as a result.

    Women and girls are particularly vulnerable in disasters. If that is to ever change, steps must be taken before disaster strikes to address the particular needs of women and girls to ensure that they not only survive but maintain their dignity while recovering and rebuilding their lives.

    Disaster Risk Reduction Day: Building Community, Saving Lives

    Disaster Risk Reduction has a very simple premise: don't wait until disaster strikes to protect people from devastation. Crises—both man-made and natural—create waves of displaced people, many of whose communities and resources have been devastated by past disasters. So it is the humanitarian community's responsibility to ensure that forewarned is forearmed, to help displaced populations prepare for future disasters before they strike.

    Conflicts and natural disasters often recur with recognizable and predictable patterns. Every civil war that began since 2003 was in a country that had had a previous civil war.[1] Droughts, storms, floods and earthquakes often revisit the same territories and populations.