Women, girls and children are considered among the most vulnerable populations in the world. They experience some of the most extreme health risks every day and often live under constant risk, danger and in unsafe conditions. When a crisis or natural disaster occurs, women, girls and children face increased risks to their health and safety. The recent war in Syria, the Ebola outbreak in Africa and earthquake in Nepal are several examples of major crisis and natural disasters. Women, girls and children have been at the forefront of those affected by these situations.
Yesterday, together with Save the Children, Edna Adan Hospital Foundation and Women LEAD Nepal, we hosted the #GGhangout: Let’s Respond to Women’s and Children’s Health in Crisis Situations. This Google+ Hangout engaged organizations and individuals improving the health and rights of women, girls and children affected by disaster and crisis situations. The conversation highlighted the importance of empowering locally led solutions through effectively working with midwives, health workers and community leaders. Both challenges and opportunities to improve health responses and outcomes for women and children were shared.
The panel was moderated by Girls’ Globe’s Vice President, Diane Fender and Communications Director, Emma Saloranta. Additional panelists included: Phil Carroll, Director of Media and Communications at Save the Children, Rukia Dahir, Founder of the Edna Adan Hospital Foundation and Gisele Bolton, Research Fellow for Women LEAD Nepal.
Watch the full video: