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UN Women Working With Haitian Government to Send Hurricane Relief to Women and Girls

UN Women Working With Haitian Government to Send Hurricane Relief to Women and Girls

"Women's needs and voices often remain unheard in humanitarian emergencies, but that inevitably delays the recovery process," U.N. Women's Haiti Representative, Anthony Ngororano, said in a press release. "We need to react quickly to assess the situation in order to ensure that the specific needs and concerns of women and girls are both reflected and incorporated in international relief efforts."

In other words, in countries where aid is necessary, the needs of its female citizens are frequently unmet. And since Haiti was devastatingly hit by Hurricane Matthew, there is a dire need for assistance.

With an estimated 350,000 individuals desperately awaiting help, and hundreds already dead, U.N. Women is conducting an initial assessment before stepping in.

In coordination with the Haitian Government and various national women's groups, U.N. Women's mission is to ensure equal assistance for women who are increasingly "hampered by social norms, lack of information and the burden of household chores" in addition to being "more vulnerable to rape, sexual violence and exploitation" post-disaster.

Upon responding, U.N. Women will do each of the following:
• "Development of support systems to prevent and respond to gender-based violence against women" in affected areas.
• Set-up of "multipurpose safe spaces" for women and girls.
• "Seek to strengthen services for hurricane-affected women survivors of violence."

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