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Dec 3, 2019

Safe spaces work to prevent gender-based violence

Safe Spaces Rohingya
Safe Spaces Rohingya

There are currently 20 active safe spaces for women and girls in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. 17 of those spaces were specifically created for Rohingya refugees.  

Safe spaces for Rohingya refugees support the program, Girls Shine. Girls involved in the program learn about child marriage, puberty, and safety mapping. Safety mapping is when local knowledge is pooled and guides are created detailing which areas people in the community feel are important and which areas they feel safe to be in.  

Safety mapping is one tool that prevents gender-based violence. The safe spaces also provide medical, psychosocial, and legal services for survivors of gender-based violence, including post-rape care.

Sep 27, 2019

Scared and Alone- Help Women Like Lena Give Birth

The day that Lena gave birth to her seventh child began just like any other day. Her husband was out grazing their livestock in the grasslands of Kenya and her children went to bed at their normal time.

Then, chaos erupted. Bandits from a neighboring village had set fire to most of the homes in Lena's community and were shooting at those who fled. The assainlants' goal was to take livestock and other valuables to suvive through a drought that had been affecting the region. 

Lena escaped to the bush surrounding her home - alone except for a neighbor woman who had keep struck by a stray bullet. Her six children had run in different directions. That was when Lena went into labor. 

Luckily, Lena had a UNFPA emergency birth kit with her. She and her neighbor laid out a plastic sheet and Lena gave birth to her son, safely. 

You can support women like Lena! $5 provides one emergency birth kit to a pregnant woman in crisis. 

Everyday, more than 500 women in humanitarian settings die from preventable pregnancy and childbirth complications. 

Some of these women were alone or in labor for days before they died. Others may have passed away in front of loved ones who were lacked the basic tools to save her life. 

$400 provides one clinic with enough funds for midwives and supplies to help 50 women delivery healthy babies. 

UNFPA works to provide lifesaving care to women and girls all over the world. 

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Sep 10, 2019

You Can Support Safe Spaces for Rohingya Women!

Woman receiving dignity kit.
Woman receiving dignity kit.

Over 1.3 million people have fled persecution in Myanmar for nearby Bangladesh. About one-quarter of those migrants are women and girls of reproductive age.  

Over the last year, UNFPA, the United Nations reproductive health and rights agency, has supported 20 women-friendly safe spaces, which provide care to women and girls in the refugee camps in Bangladesh, including 30,000 women who are pregnant or nursing.  

Monsoon season lasts from June to October there. During this time, flooding and storms can devastate shelters for refugees. Some of the shelters, including some safe spaces, are made only of bamboo and plastic sheets.  

$1,200 supports one midwife through monsoon season. Your donation saves lives!

UNFPA has strengthened safe spaces in anticipation of monsoon season and has stepped up the distribution of dignity kits. Dignity kits contain items like soap, underwear, a whistle, and menstrual supplies. The kits ensure that if a woman cannot make it to a safe space or if she is otherwise displaced by the storms, she still has the items she needs to be healthy and safe.  

It only costs $25 to give one woman hygiene supplies -and her dignity- for 6 months. 

Many new moms and soon-to-be mothers have received food vouchers to ensure that they get the nutrients they need for healthy pregnancies and breastfeeding. The vouchers supplement the midwife care that UNFPA also provides at the safe spaces. UNFPA mobile clinics and midwives have led to a 40 percent increase in the number of prenatal care visits and deliveries taking place in health facilities in the camps. Both of these measures help prevent maternal death and ensure that all mothers, regardless of their situation, can have a safe birth

YOU can be the difference between life and death for a Rohinga mother and child today!

Women talking in a UNFPA safe space.
Women talking in a UNFPA safe space.

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