Women & Children in Emergencies


School is Not An Option

A dusty road in the city of Irbid in the North of Jordan, about an hour's drive from the Syrian border. Box-shaped houses with small, barred windows are strung together. White colour chips off brown walls, wires are hanging down, rubble piles at the side of the street.


On the Front Bench: Refugee Girls Get a Fair Shot at a Future

This story was captured during the catastrophic drought and famine that gripped the Horn of Africa in 2011that killed hundreds of thousands of people and affected millions more.


Die or Accept Your Fate

Marie, 30, fled her home in Kitchanga when armed groups arrived and violence broke out in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in March.


Pregnant and Living in the Forest

In July 2010, unprecedented flooding in Pakistan left one-fifth of the country submerged underwater and affected 20 million people, forcing them into temporary camps, schools and anywhere else they could find shelter.


An Eye for Crying: Uncertain Future for Syrian Refugee Girls

Hanan is showing us a picture she drew on a torn piece of paper. In some ways it’s what you’d expect from an 8 year old. The people have smiling faces and amorphous bodies. The houses have pointed rooftops and windows.


Gender and Emergencies

Emergencies have different impacts on men and women and often change household and community dynamics. Women are disproportionately affected by natural disasters and face specific challenges in armed conflict.


Girl Most Likely To: Help Future Generations

She was a top student. Now, violence and bullying keep her from school.


Raghad, age 11, should be in 5th grade, but hasn’t been to school in two-and-a-half years because she and her family have had to move so many times during the Syrian conflict.


Saving Syria’s Girls

Last week, I traveled to Jordan to meet with Syrian refugees. I knew I was about to hear gripping stories of families fleeing violence and destruction. I also knew that I'd see firsthand how Syria's civil war has impacted girls.