How We Are Failing Women and Girls in Humanitarian Emergencies

by Jamie J. HagenRH Reality Check

Every day, 507 women and adolescent girls die due to a lack of reproductive health services in humanitarian emergencies. There are now 13 million displaced refugees globally. This number will only continue to grow as more people seek refuge from war and violence.

In addition to this growing refugee population, there is anever-increasing population of internally displaced people: about 38 million in 2014, equaling 30,000 per day. These individuals fleeing conflict within their own country spend an average of 


Appeal to protect the health and rights of Syrian women and girls

Canadian Minister for International Development Bibeau is attending the upcoming ‘Syria Donors Conference.’ Babatunde has appealed to donors to support SRH for migrants and refugees. Read the appeal below.

By Babatunde Osotimehin | Source: Devex

As leaders meet for the Syria donors conference, after five years of conflict, more than half of all Syrians have been forced to flee their homes. Over 13 million remain inside the country, and 4.7 million have crossed seas and borders in search of safety and opportunity. Among those affected are more than 5 [...]


European Union Divorces Itself from US Abortion Ban

Canada must follow in footsteps of European Union, ensuring humanitarian aid is delivered in a manner consistent with international human rights law. This entails ensuring women migrant and refugees have access to safe abortion services. “The European Parliament was even more explicit in its December 15, 2015 Report for the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit, urging “that women and girls have access to the full range of sexual and reproductive health services, including safe abortions, in humanitarian crises, rather than perpetuating what amounts to inhumane treatment, as required by international humanitarian [...]