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What happens to women and girls during disasters?

Every year, earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, typhoons, drought, floods, and even volcanic eruptions can impact hundreds of thousands of people. In any disaster, no matter where in the world, it is important to remember that some people are going to be more vulnerable than others. And when a disaster hits, these vulnerabilities can lead to additional heartache and tragedy for those affected.
That’s why it’s important to consider these vulnerabilities before a disaster or emergency strikes. 

How building a stronger Ethiopian Red Cross is saving lives

Two years ago, Demissew Alemu joined the Ethiopian Red Cross. When flooding caused the overflow of the Awash River this year, Demissew was on the ground, ready to help. His preparedness for that moment came in part through training the Canadian Red Cross had provided to the Ethiopian Red Cross’s disaster management system. 

Preventing floods and getting women engaged in resiliency work in Myanmar

Community Voices tells the stories of people who are working to build their community’s resiliency in Southeast Asia. Watch how the Myanmar Red Cross is helping build stronger communities, and encouraging women to get involved. 
 

Before the storm hit: Strengthening disaster preparation and response in Nicaragua

Learn how through the support of a Canadian Red Cross initiative, the Nicaraguan Red Cross' disaster preparedness and response system had been strengthened, allowing them to be ready when Hurricane Nate hit earlier this year. 

Community Voices: Building more resilient communities in Southeast Asia

Explore how communities are building their own resiliency and strengthening their capacity to respond to emergencies and disasters in these videos. 

Before Irma: How Red Cross training helps prepare for disasters

Long before Hurricane Irma hit Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Red Cross volunteers from these countries were trained and ready to help with a variety of new skills, systems, and equipment, thanks to a Canadian Red Cross project called CERA (Capacity Building for Emergency Response in the Americas).

Improving emergency response in Afghanistan: Q&A with Hani Dajani

​Every year, more than 250,000 Afghans are affected by disasters. We talk with Hani Dajani who is leading the work of the Canadian Red Cross in Afghanistan about some of the challenges and how we're working to build the capacity of the Afghan Red Crescent Society to improve emergency response in the country.

Montreal welcomes guests from Mali and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Red Cross

In early March, we had the great pleasure of hosting Nelly Tangua Tangayani, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Red Cross, and Touré Nènè Traoré, from the Mali Red Cross. They spent a week with our Communications team to discuss our respective practices and strengthen their communications capacities.

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