GIRLS’ SAFETY AND DISASTERS
It is widely known that violence increases after a disaster. This means the safety and security of adolescent girls in disasters is threatened.
It may be harder to get hospital treatment, or to have any access to the courts or help from the police when you need it. Because of their age and their sex, girls’ vulnerability to violence, sexual harassment and early marriage increases during and after a disaster and at the same time their families and communities are least able to protect them. We know this to be true, which means the international community should be able to predict and prevent threats to girls’ safety in disasters.