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International Women’s Day 2016 – SPECIAL EDITION

How disasters affect women

Disasters do not discriminate women. It is the institutions they hit that discriminate, which ultimately increases a woman’s vulnerability and allows for disproportionate impacts. All of the world’s disasters today have one common trait: they do not discriminate between countries. Disasters could be considered system equalizers, where both rich and poor nations are equally brought to their knees…

 

The ‘Uber for emergencies’ saving pregnant women’s lives in Africa

An ambulance taxi system built on mobile technology helped save the lives of Rehema Sanane and her boy Setu Credit: Sala Lewis/Vodafone Foundation

An ambulance taxi system built on mobile technology helped save the lives of Rehema Sanane and her boy Setu Credit: Sala Lewis/Vodafone Foundation

Shortly after Rehema Sanane’s contractions started she noticed she was bleeding heavily. She rushed one kilometre down the road to her town’s nearest health centre, where a nurse told her she was experiencing an antepartum haemorrhage – a bleeding that can be fatal to mothers and their unborn babies. Sanane, 30, needed to get to a hospital – but she lives in a rural district in Tanzania called Sengerema and Shinyanga, where transport is rudimentary and hospitals can be as far as three hours away. The whole region has just 10 ambulances, despite being about the size of Wales and having a population of two million people…

 

Women’s ‘dignity kits’ now mandatory during disasters

The ‘dignity kit’ contains women’s personal care items such as toiletries, undergarments, sanitary napkins, and a malong. “Dignity kits” containing basic personal care items for women will soon be distributed in times of disasters and emergencies, according to new government regulations. (READ: How disasters affect women) The “dignity kit” contains women’s personal care items such as toiletries, undergarments, sanitary napkins, and a malong (tube skirt). The kit also includes a pail, a whistle, a solar lamp with a charger, alcohol, dipper, comb, and a chamber pot…

 

Refugee Women In Lebanon Show Incredible Resilience Despite Exploitation And Abuse

Syrian refugee women in Lebanon are at risk of being exploited by people in positions of authority, in part because of the government’s refusal to renew residency permits for Syrian refugees and a severe lack of international aid money, according to Kathryn Ramsay, a gender researcher with Amnesty International and author of a new report on the topic…

 

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