Following a disaster it is extremely important that girls have the sexual and reproductive knowledge and services that they need. The disruption of family structures and of health services may leave adolescents without access to these. For girls and young women, this is precisely the time when their situation and their age and sex puts them most at risk of unwanted pregnancy, unsafe abortion, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV.
In many societies, discussion of contraception, sex and pregnancy is considered taboo for young people who are not married, and even for married women decisions about sex are sometimes made by men. Girls can often feel embarrassed by the lack of sanitary towels for menstruation- sanitary towels are often not distributed in post disaster situations, which means girls resort to using unclean cloths which can result in infections.
GIRLS’ SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH IN DISASTERS