In crisis situations, the needs for shelter, food and security are rightly given urgent attention. Yet the specific needs of women and girls are too often overlooked. Women and girls have heightened needs – including a heightened need for protection from gender-based violence and special health and hygiene needs.
UNFPA is working to meet these needs, providing safe spaces for women, psychosocial support for victims of violence, and sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls. UNFPA is also distributing thousands of dignity kits.
Dignity Kits contain hygiene supplies such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, sanitary pads and underclothes – to women and girls of reproductive age.
“Basic needs for every woman”
The dignity kits offer more than the basic necessities. They are also a vital opportunity for UNFPA staff and partners to meet displaced women to assess their well-being and raise awareness of the reproductive health services and counselling programmes being made available.