One quarter of people affected by crises are women and girls aged 15-49. At the same time, access to quality services decreases. For many women and girls this can be the difference between life and death from fully preventable and treatable causes.

One in five women are likely to be pregnant and one and five of all deliveries will incur complications. There is heightened risk of early marriage, trafficking, rape and sexual violence, unsafe abortions and unattended births.  

Children under the age of 18 years often make up the majority of victims of sexual violence in conflict-affected countries and the transmission of STIs persist at alarming rates. including HIV. Unwanted pregnancy can also be the result of rape and resorting to sex for survival.