International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Emergency kits for women

A woman wrapped in pagne cloth sits with a child on a mat
A woman spoon-feeds her child
A refugee receives an IRC emergency kit for women
A woman signs for a kit using ink and her fingertips
Smiling in her thatched shelter, a woman holds up her kit
Two women carry emergency kits distributed by the IRC
A woman holds a flashlight from her new emergency kit
Photo: Sinziana Demian/IRC

Tens of thousands of women and girls have been forced to flee fighting in North Kivu, Congo, during the past few months — often without time to pack any personal belongings. They shelter in precarious conditions in camps with almost no privacy.