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During conflict or disaster, women are the first to seek safety for their families. In the aftermath of crisis, they do the most to revitalize their shattered communities. Worldwide, women reinvest more than three-quarters of their income in the health and wellbeing of their families and neighbors.
Eighty percent of those fleeing persecution, conflict or natural disaster are women and children.
Uwizera Desange was the first girl from her village in eastern Congo to complete secondary school and get a teaching diploma. Today, she is the only female teacher at the local primary school. "Now there are more girls in school than before," she says.
In refugee camps along the Thailand-Myanmar border, the IRC provides women with free prenatal care and supplies medical care and birth certificates to their babies, helping to ensure they have a safe and healthy start to life.
Members of an IRC savings and loan association celebrate their first successful share-out. In the Democratic Republic of Congo and other areas affected by conflict, this program provides women with seed money to start a small business and helps builds a stronger sense of community.
In Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, as many as 70 percent of farmers are women. Across the United States, the IRC’s New Roots program enables resettled refugees from these regions and elsewhere to use their agricultural skills to nourish themselves and their neighbors through community gardening.
Following record floods in Pakistan in 2010, the IRC provided women with training to become tailors. These women now sew clothing for neighbors in their villages and play an active role in rebuilding their communities.
The threat of sexual assault follows women long after they flee conflict or disaster. IRC staff provide individual emotional support and medical care to survivors and work with communities to address the roots causes of violence against women.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to survivors of war, persecution and natural disaster. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. LEARN MORE »