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Protecting the health and rights of women and girls affected by conflict: Focus on Yemen and South Sudan
24 Sep 2018 -  Conflict-affected women and adolescent girls face a triple threat: violence, displacement and loss caused by snipers, shelling and bombardment; gender-based violence, including sexual violence, abuse and trafficking; and poor health due to lack of access to life-saving services with many facilities destroyed and damaged. The situations in which they find themselves testify to the impact of conflict and displacement, which threatens their human dignity, human rights, and wellbeing, resulting in trauma, economic and psychological strain, and social and political tensions, including erosion of the social fabric. There is an increased need and demand for services to address sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and to prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV).

The UNFPA side event highlighted the plight of women and adolescent girls affected by conflict, with a focus on Yemen and South Sudan, and served as a platform to discuss measures that have been taken to increase access to SRH and GBV services for women and adolescent girls in humanitarian settings, including refugees, displaced persons, and affected host community. It provided an opportunity for global media coverage, and the exploration of ways and means and announcement of commitments to provide increased support to improve the health, well-being, and protection of conflict-affected women and adolescent girls.
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