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The shadow pandemic: Increased sexual- and gender-based violence during COVID-19

Two women standing in conversation, both with masks on while one is wearing a Canadian Red Cross shirt

It’s been called the “shadow pandemic.” As millions of people around the world continue to deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including lockdowns and changes to regular services, incidents of sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV) have increased worldwide.

Two women standing in conversation, both with masks on while one is wearing a Canadian Red Cross shirt

The Red Cross brings hope to people with disabilities in Mali

Man in a Red Cross vest driving on a motorbike on a street in Mali.

The Canadian Red Cross is working to enhance the capacity of the Mali Red Cross in developing and implementing programs to help communities become stronger, healthier, and more resilient. This led the Canadian Red Cross team in Mali, in partnership with the Mali Red Cross and the MHSD, to launch a component of a project for people with disabilities.

Man in a Red Cross vest driving on a motorbike on a street in Mali.

Manitoban Garry Enns supports entire Honduras emergency health clinic deployment

Garry posing in front of a white tent being constructed behind him

Most Canadian Red Cross international emergency health clinic deployments last four weeks.  In fall 2020, however, Garry Enns of Manitoba was the first Canadian Red Cross humanitarian worker to support the clinic from start to finish.

Garry posing in front of a white tent being constructed behind him

What does the law say about war and missing persons?

A man standing in a yard full of chickens, holding a photo of a young girl

On August 30, the Canadian Red Cross, along with members of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, mark the International Day of the Disappeared. For the families of those missing, each passing day without contact from their loved ones is one of uncertainty and anguish.

A man standing in a yard full of chickens, holding a photo of a young girl

How the Red Cross is helping Haiti after another devastating earthquake

A bright yellow house lying in rubble after an earthquake in Haiti

Hit by several significant emergencies in recent years, the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14 caused more damage, destroying critical infrastructure resulting in more than 2,180 deaths, more than 12,200 injuries, and 298 people missing so far. The Red Cross has been working to meet the urgent needs of people impacted since the first moments after the earthquake occurred. 

A bright yellow house lying in rubble after an earthquake in Haiti

Jules Zanré wins the 2021 Kroum Pindoff Award for his commitment to the health of women and children in Mali

Jules standing in a Canadian Red Cross vest standing by a concrete wall.

Jules Zanré, a Montrealer originally from Burkina Faso, has spent the last 10 years improving access to health care for mothers, newborns, and children in many rural communities of Mali.

Jules standing in a Canadian Red Cross vest standing by a concrete wall.

COVID-19 testing strengthens the relationship between Canada and the Philippines

Our Philippines Country Representative Mladen Milicevic at the dedication ceremony for the newly opened molecular lab, standing in front of the building sign

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, as information began to flow into Canada about how serious this disease might become, Alberta Health Services started ramping up their testing capacity. Some 10,000 kilometres away in Southeast Asia, the Philippine Red Cross took notice.

Our Philippines Country Representative Mladen Milicevic at the dedication ceremony for the newly opened molecular lab, standing in front of the building sign

Women in Leadership: Lucia Lasso

Lucia Lasso smiling with a group of people sitting near her.

Lucia Lasso is one of two full-time Head of Emergency Operations with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), which means she’s almost always thinking about disasters. But even when she’s not actively engaged in an operation, she spends her time thinking about how the Red Cross can respond to emergencies more effectively. This includes encouraging other women to aspire to positions of leadership.

Lucia Lasso smiling with a group of people sitting near her.

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