Close to 68,5 million individuals are considered to be forcibly displaced people. Globally, the women refugees are affected disproportionately by emergencies and face multiple risks related to their full enjoyment of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), requiring access to key services, including contraception and safe and legal abortion. Less than half of the women and adolescents girls lack access to reproductive health services.
Exclusion, marginalisation and exploitation is common, including sexual and gender based violence. Also, practices such as early and forced marriages occur significantly more often in areas where humanitarian crises are on-going,as a result of lack of access to SRHR information and services.
An overall growth in institutional capacity in SRHR in humanitarian settings has been reported, however with an exception for abortion-related services leading to a high number of unsafe abortions with severe complications.
Just 1% of all funding to fragile states in 2015 went to women´s groups or governments’ ministries of women. Adequate measures must be taken according to the specific needs of each humanitarian crisis.
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