You’ve heard it before. Women and girls pay a doubly heavy price during humanitarian crises.
Not only do they have to navigate scarcity and danger, but, perhaps more overlooked, they typically have the added responsibility of caring for and supporting other family members, often from positions of inequality.
She Said is an ongoing collection of reporting about all of that, in which women offer glimpses into their lives from COVID-19 lockdowns, situations of conflict and displacement, and other emergencies around the globe.
The New Humanitarian is listening to how women living in humanitarian settings have been impacted by crises, and how they are trying to move forward.
Coronavirus has only added to the hardship and abuse women and girls have to endure. Lockdowns have left women more exposed to gender-based violence, and child marriage – often driven by financial factors – is also on the rise.
A lack of access to healthcare and stolen economic freedoms, meanwhile, make it more difficult for women and girls to escape dire predicaments: Many have been forced into migration and other last-ditch efforts to ensure their survival.
Beyond the global pandemic, She Said allows women in crisis situations to speak directly about their lives, their hopes, and their dreams.
This series will take readers from Kashmir to Kenya, Syria to Afghanistan, and Nepal to Colombia, offering insight into the challenges women and girls face around the world.