In 2015, roughly 65.3 million persons were displaced by conflict, persecution, generalized violence and human rights violations (UNHCR Global Trend, 2015). In addition, 19.3 million persons were displaced by natural disasters (IDMC, Global Estimates 2015). Over half of maternal and under-five deaths take place in settings affected by armed conflict or natural disasters (Save the Children, State of the World’s Mothers, 2014). Addressing the human rights and sexual and reproductive health needs of women, men and adolescents affected by conflict and natural disaster is an issue of critical importance globally.
To expand and strengthen access to quality sexual and reproductive health services for people affected by conflict and natural disaster.
Who We Are
IAWG is a broad-based, highly collaborative coalition of more than 20 Steering Committee member agencies – representing UN, government, non-governmental, research, and donor organizations. Formed in 1995, and currently a network of over 2,100 individual members from 450 agencies, IAWG remains committed to advancing the sexual and reproductive health of people affected by conflict and natural disaster.
What We Do
Among populations affected by conflict and natural disaster, the IAWG:
- Documents gaps, accomplishments, and lessons learned;
- Evaluates the state of sexual and reproductive health in the field;
- Establishes technical standards for the delivery of reproductive health services
- Builds and disseminates evidence to policy makers, managers, and practitioners
- Advocates for the inclusion of crisis-affected persons in global development
and humanitarian agendas