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International Women’s Day: Because I’m a woman...

05 Mar 2018

More women and girls than ever before are currently forcibly displaced — at last count an estimated 32 million worldwide. Women and girls face health risks and danger on their migration journey, simply because they are women.

Because I'm A Woman: International Women's Day special feature from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on the health risks faced by displaced women.

Women on the move are:

·         At higher risk of sexual violence

·         Have greater chance of pregnancy complications

·         Increased stresses on mental health

Across the spectrum of their journeys, displaced women and girls urgently need care in five key areas: obstetric care, family planning, safe abortion care, sexual violence care and mental healthcare.

Only then can they have the chance to navigate their health as they search for safety — and reduce the ongoing risk of sickness, suffering and death.

Follow in the footsteps of five amazing women we met on their journey.