Every Woman Deserves Dignity: International Women’s Day 2023

8 March, 2023

Wherever they are in the world, every woman deserves dignity.

This International Women’s Day, IsraAID is honoring the hidden struggles of women everywhere – especially in crisis situations. Through sharing their stories, we are honoring their resilience and their right to dignity, safety, and security.

Women and girls make up almost 50% of the world’s population. IsraAID is making sure they receive respect and dignity 100% of the time. Here are just some of the ways how:

 

TürkiyeIn the wake of the deadly earthquakes in Türkiye, many women in temporary shelters are struggling to access basic hygiene products for themselves and the family members that they care for. IsraAID is currently focusing on delivering items like diapers, menstrual hygiene items, baby wipes, and adult diapers, allowing families to maintain their dignity amid crisis.

In the past month, we’ve distributed over 28,000 kilograms of essential aid, as well as tents for thousands of people. This emergency response is ongoing and we are continuing to provide urgently needed items, including 5000 solar lights, and enough underwear, blankets, and sleeping bags for over 1,000 people this week. Your support is crucial to supporting displaced families in Türkiye. 

 

KenyaClementine and Anjelina, two women from Turkana County, walk every day to dig in a dry river bed just to access water for their families. Women in Kenya are facing the worst drought in 40+ years, forcing them to travel further and further from home to find water for their families, and exposing them to a higher risk of violence along the way. That’s why IsraAID is working to bring clean water into the heart of drought-affected communities.

“I go down every morning and get one jerry can of water. I use it up and go down again in the evening to get another. I don’t have any way to store it.” – Anjelina, who lives with her family of five in Turkana County, Kenya

 

VanuatuDuring climate-related disasters, like typhoons and volcanic eruptions, added stress and lack of resources can expose women to higher levels of gender-based violence. In Vanuatu, one of the world’s most disaster-vulnerable countries, IsraAID is working to provide women with the resources to make it through disasters and emergencies with dignity. 

“For vulnerable communities, disasters caused by climate change can be even more dangerous. These are times when many women, girls, and people with disabilities face a higher risk of gender-based violence and post-traumatic stress, or even loss of life.” – Rosina Lapi, IsraAID Vanuatu Protection Manager

 

MoldovaIn Moldova, IsraAID is working to provide psychological support, self-care workshops, and burnout prevention to Ukrainian refugees. From the start of the war, IsraAID has worked to provide mothers and women with the tools to rebuild their lives away from their homes and families. 

With her mother and younger sister, Arina fled Odesa for Chișinău, first meeting IsraAID in a hospital where they were sheltering:

“I am very grateful to IsraAID – you were a source of happiness for us. I tear up just thinking back. IsraAID’s social worker took care of us.”

 

ColombiaFor the nearly 1.6 million Venezuelan migrants in Colombia, building a better life can be derailed by a lack of resources or discrimination. For women, this problem is compounded. IsraAID’s livelihood programs help women gain the tools and resources to find work or start their own businesses, giving them financial independence and a better future for themselves and their children.

Join us in supporting women and making sure they have the tools to overcome any challenge. Donate today.

Related articles

7 March, 2024

Blog

This International Women’s Day, we’re honoring all the different ways that women hold up their communities. Investing in women’s futures, in their skills, knowledge, education, and empowerment, supports everyone’s well-being. Today, we’re sharing inspiring stories of women around the world,...

International Women’s Day: Empowered Women Empower Communities

20 June, 2023

Blog

“I won’t deny that at first there was suspicion,” says Angi Reyes, a Venezuelan migrant living in Barranquilla, Colombia, “there were some people who did not completely accept us.” Joleth Gil, a local Colombian, agrees. “There was uncertainty. Who are...

World Refugee Day: Breaking the Stigma

17 May, 2023

Blog

When we think of technology, we often think of the shiniest new inventions – artificial intelligence and electric cars, the stuff of science fiction. But technology includes many elements, from water filtration systems to organizing and communicating new information. A...

Four ways IsraAID makes technology work for communities