16 Days: SPRINTing Towards Change - Sex and Pregnancy in Emergencies
Crises, whether human-induced or caused by natural hazards, can inflict untold suffering and hardship, particularly on women and girls who are more vulnerable to rape and other forms of gender-based violence. It is estimated that tens of thousands of women and girls are subjected to sexual assault in conflict situations each year around the world. Problems related to sexual and reproductive health are the leading cause of death and ill health globally for women of childbearing age. In crises, this vulnerability increases, while access to services decreases.