When girls are safe, healthy, and empowered, they are forces for positive change in the world. They help grow economies, strengthen communities, and improve the health and well-being of families. Even more, respecting their rights – and the rights of all people – is our moral obligation.

Yet, in times of emergency – when conflict and disaster strike – the needs and rights of girls are often neglected. Today, millions of girls have been uprooted from their homes, removed from school, and at risk of violence and forced marriage. Globally, 26 million women and adolescent girls need humanitarian assistance.

Here are five reasons to care about girls living in conflict or disaster, and how you can help:

  • Girls in crisis areas are more likely to be out of school.
  • The unique health needs of girls and women in conflicts and disasters are often overlooked.
  •  Girls in emergencies face gender-based violence.
  • Change is possible.
  • You can make a difference.

Read the full article about girls in emergency settings by Cynthia Sularz at the United Nations Foundation.