Millions of women and girls are displaced by natural disaster, war, or conflict each year – 34 million in 2018 alone – and they are a uniquely vulnerable population. Already high rates of unplanned pregnancy, unsafe abortion, and maternal death in fragile contexts are magnified during times of crises.
According to research, up to 40% of women experiencing displacement across diverse settings want to avoid becoming pregnant. Yet incidents of rape and other forms of gender-based violence increase during times of crisis, affecting women and girls more acutely. And it’s a time when health systems become severely strained and skilled care is often out of reach.