Cote d’Ivoire: ICRC calls for support, protection of women in conflict zones

Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Red Crescent have called for more efforts to protect and support women and girls exposed to multiple forms of violence linked to the conflict in Syria and who badly need essential health services.

In a joint declaration sent to PANA on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross Societies and the Red Crescent highlighted the role that women played by helping their families and communities to survive the serious trauma engendered by this five-year-old conflict.

Women deserve more support and encouragement, they said, adding that out of eight million displaced people, four million were women and girls, with most of them heading a household or supporting their families after having lost their husbands, fathers or sons.

The president of the International Federation of Societies of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent, Tadateru Konoé, said women played a key role, instilled hope and did their best to support their families in very difficult situations.

“We should consider these difficulties and give the assurance that these women get the necessary assistance they need,” he said.

According to the president of the ICRC, Peter Maurer, it was important for women to get access to basic health services when same was interrupted because of conflicts.

“The women and their children suffer terribly from such a situation as their health is rarely taken into consideration in their daily struggle that they lead to survive,” he added.

Among the 12 million people who have fled because of the conflict, for example, 500,000 are pregnant women who risk malnutrition, lack potable water and appropriate obstetrics treatment and other factors.

The ICRC and the Red Crescent gave the assurance that they would give women more support in such times of crisis or catastrophe so that they could respond to their own needs.

They would also give priority to matters relating to the protection of vulnerable women and girls in the countries and communities throughout the world.
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07 march 2015 17:09:39

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