Women can sometimes be more vulnerable than men in times of conflict due to their lesser physical traits and their role as mothers. Still, women have repeatedly displayed a remarkable ability to cope during chaos. In Somalia, we’ve witnessed firsthand how supporting women has a positive ripple effect on the whole family. That is why some of our programs specifically target women as a way to build resilience within the community. One example is our cash assistance program that supports women-headed households to help families meet their essential needs. Women also receive support and encouragement to start and manage an income-generating activity so they may become self-reliant.
Some key figures between January and June 2016:
- The ICRC helped 3,652 women with cash assistance
- The ICRC helped 736 women with conditional cash transfers
- ICRC-supported hospitals and clinics helped more than 95,000 women.