During times of crisis, the vulnerability of girls and women who are already marginalized dramatically worsens. Those who are displaced must adapt to unfamiliar, at times hostile, and dangerous, environments. Girls and women from marginalised groups are often unable to flee and must take care of themselves with far fewer resources and protections, risking them being left further behind. Girls and women with disabilities and the elderly risk are often abandoned in their communities for days or weeks; those who reach camps often struggle to access basic services.
In addition, members of sexual, ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, as well as indigenous communities, are often overlooked during an emergency response because humanitarian actors are not aware of their presence. Emergencies also increase the threat of violence for groups that already face heightened levels of social exclusion and persecution. More must be done to ensure the most vulnerable are able to access services in dignity and safety, ensuring that no girl or woman is left behind.
We’re seeking ideas focused on girls and women who are at risk of being left behind, such as refugees, internally displaced persons, vulnerable migrants, those forced to engage in transactional sex, people with disabilities, marginalized minorities, elderly people, and particularly those who are facing multiple disadvantages and discriminations. In addition, we invite ideas that consider girls and women at heightened risk of violence such as early and forced marriage, rape, female genital mutilation/cutting, and intimate partner violence.