Famine-Affected Countries: Gender-based Violence and Protection Concerns

Today, famine threatens an estimated 20 million people across northern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. In these countries, the dangerous convergence of long-standing and recent resurgences of conflict, poor governance, limited freedom of movement, collapsing economies, rising food prices, and drought has resulted in staggering levels of food insecurity and shortages of clean water. Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of these crises, which exacerbate the already high levels of gender inequality and gender-based violence (GBV) seen in each of these country contexts.