Escalating conflicts, protracted displacement crises, and the increasing frequency and intensity of climate-related disasters associated with the pandemic, have left a record number of people in need of assistance in 2020. Along with unmet needs precedent, a growing backlash against gender equality and the empowerment of women in many parts of the world and widening gender inequalities in all areas from livelihoods to protection have severely affected the capacity of women and girls to survive, receive life-saving assistance and recover from the shocks of the crisis.
Against this backdrop of exponential needs and enormous challenges, UN Women has stepped up its efforts to support women and girls facing multifaceted and at-risk crises with the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing climate-related disasters exacerbating pre-existing humanitarian crises. UN Women has adapted to the new realities imposed by the pandemic by maintaining a focus on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in humanitarian and disaster contexts as responses rapidly escalated; find innovative ways to amplify the voices of women and girls; continue to provide humanitarian services during lockdowns; and remove the main obstacles to disaster preparedness and response in the context of the pandemic.
This annual report details the main results achieved by UN Women in 2020 in the areas of humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction in collaboration with United Nations and civil society partners. UN Women thanks the donors recognized in the report for their support in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in some of the world’s most challenging contexts.