The impact of conflict on the most vulnerable

Right now we are seeing a rise in conflict around the world, with conflict causing recent humanitarian emergencies in Ukraine, Afghanistan, and Gaza.

In communities around the world living in extreme poverty, it is often women and children who suffer the most when conflict or emergencies strike. Your support can help women and children who are vulnerable to gender-based violence, lack basic items such as food and hygiene supplies, and are suffering from the psychological effects of war and conflict.

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ActionAid’s response in Conflict: Creating Safe Spaces…

During times of conflict, ActionAid staff are on the ground working directly with local women and children to meet the needs of those affected with life-saving aid and provide access to the support services they need.

Unfortunately, gender-based violence increases during and after emergencies, and often women and girls are specifically targeted for sexual violence.

ActionAid’s ‘Safe Spaces’ ensure women fleeing conflict can shelter in safety and receive essentials such as food, hygiene kits and medial or psychological aid.

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…and supporting Female Led Response in Emergencies

While ensuring the safety of women and children during conflict or emergencies is paramount, we also know that women bring vital skills and experience during conflict.

Training women in vulnerable communities on how to prepare and respond when disaster or conflict strike is vital. Your donation supports women with training on women’s rights, leadership skills and disaster preparedness. It is essential that there are women on the ground responding to emergencies for women’s issues and gender inequality to be recognised and addressed.

Women trained by ActionAid to be leaders in emergencies are providing first hand, emergency response including running protection services and first aid support at our Safe Spaces.

How you can support survivors of conflict

By giving a monthly donation, you can help ensure that during times of conflict and crisis, women, children and families around the world are supported without delay.

Every donation will make a real difference in the lives of women and children who suffer the most when emergencies or conflict arise. A one-off donation is a fantastic start, but it’s crucial that women receive long term support— whatever it takes. From creating safe spaces for women and children in conflicts to making sure women are part of essential crisis-response decision-making, your support could transform entire communities and save lives.

*Your donation will fund ActionAid’s work with women and girls wherever the need is greatest. All of our audited accounts are available to view here, as well as details on our finances.

 

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ActionAid’s Response

Gaza

Over the last number of weeks in Gaza, despite the dire circumstances, our local partners have delivered services and provided support to the thousands who have been displaced and are seeking shelter, thanks to public donations.

Only very small amounts of aid are reaching Gaza through the Rafah crossing, far too little to meet people’s needs. ActionAid staff are procuring relief items including food, non-food essential items, hygiene and dignity kits for women and girls, and getting medical supplies ready to go when there is a ceasefire. We are also actively campaigning for a ceasefire in Ireland and around the world.

 

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Response to Emergencies - The Russian/Ukraine War – ActionAid’s Response

The Russian/Ukraine War

In 2022, ActionAid responded immediately to the humanitarian needs of the millions of women, children and families forced to flee their homes due to the escalating conflict. Working with our local partners, we provided emergency relief packages including food, hygiene, and sanitary products to individuals who made it to border crossings at Poland, Hungary, Romania and Moldovia.

One woman forced to flee her home was Vira. When the bombing started, she travelled to the Ukraine-Poland border in search of safety with her 5 children, including her premature baby. Once Vira and her children reached the safety of the border, ActionAid was able to provide the family with a safe place to stay as well as nourishing food. The medical staff were also able to care for Vira’s small baby, who still needed special care.

Vira and her family are just one example of the families that ActionAid was able to help thanks to our generous supporters.

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How your donation will be used

Every donation counts, and we’re grateful for whatever you can afford. A one-off donation is a fantastic start, but it’s crucial we can be there for women in the long term — whatever it takes. From creating safe spaces for women and children in conflicts to making sure women are part of essential crisis-response decision-making, your support could transform entire communities and save lives.

*Your donation will fund ActionAid’s work with women and girls wherever the need is greatest. All of our audited accounts are available to view here, as well as details on our finances.

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