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Help Hope Surface Above the Floodwaters in Pakistan

For the estimated 20 million people who have been displaced by flooding in Pakistan, the future is uncertain. Even now, weeks after the flooding began, water levels continue to rise in some areas of the country.

While those affected by the disaster may have hoped to see an outpouring of international support, relief has been trickling in slowly. Now, massive coordinated effort is needed to curb the spread of disease, which is threatening to further devastate flood-affected communities.

As the humanitarian situation worsens, women’s organizations on the ground have observed particular challenges facing women and girls. AWARE GIRLS, a young women-led organization in Pakistan, reports that young women in particular have limited access to traditional aid distribution. The organization has identified several specific women's needs related to sanitation, nutrition, and access to contraceptives during relief efforts.

For effective disaster relief, it is imperative to listen to women's needs. World Pulse cheers Global Fund for Women for its efforts to channel relief and recovery funds to Pakistani women’s organizations who have mobilized to respond to the crisis and who can put donations to immediate use by affected communities.

Visit Global Fund for Women to learn more about the Pakistan Crisis Fund and to support women-led relief and recovery efforts in Pakistan.

Comments

zhzameer's picture

VERY SAD

AGAIN THE MOST VOLATILE PART OF THIS HAZARD WERE WOMEN AND CHILDREN.I HOPE WORLD PULSE WILL DO SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR TO PREVENT SUCH EVENTS IN FUTURE.

farhat firdous's picture

Reroductive health needs

Nearly 80% of the flood affected population consists of women and children. Though, relief aid is coming, issues like protection from abuse and exploitation, gender-based violence and reproductive health are not getting much attention. According to an estimate, 500,000 pregnant women are among the flood affected population. Out of these 50,000 are at the risk of infection due to unhygienic conditions. There is a need to focus on women-specific needs as their voices are usually not heard or ignored.

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