A joint effort by UN Women and UNFPA started the distribution of âdignity kitsâ containing basic health and hygiene products for displaced women and girls from the Caribbean island of Barbuda, as they arrived in Antigua, escaping Hurricane Irma. The catastrophic hurricane has driven the entire population of Barbuda, a small island in the eastern Caribbean, to its twin island of Antigua. Of 1,413 people evacuated, more than 600â many of them women and girls with unique and often-overlooked needs, such as access to hygiene and sanitary productsâare in temporary shelters.
© Alvaro Pulido Vargas
© Alvaro Pulido
Dignity kits address unmet needs of women and girls âThere was a very huge need for [dignity kits] â¦because [although] there was mass distribution of different [aid] products and items, not a lot of focus and emphasis were placed on the sanitary items that women and girls needed in particular,â explained Farmala Jacobs, the acting executive director of the Directorate of Gender Affairs, the national gender machinery of Antigua and Barbuda.
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