The explosion in Beirut has sent shockwaves across the world. 

Lebanon was already in the midst of a deep recession, seeing high rates of violence against women, and struggling to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The economic impact of the blast is estimated to be over USD10 billion; hundreds of thousands of people have been left homeless, and access to support for women experiencing violence is under threat. 

Our UN Women team is on the ground, making sure women and girls in Beirut have access to period products, underwear, soap, and a torch to stay safe and protected during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.  


UN Women National Committees around the world are joining together to support women in Beirut. 


We’re also using our strong partner networks across Lebanon to make sure both Lebanese nationals and women refugees have access to safety, support and counselling if they’re going through gender-based violence, which rises in times of crisis.   


The support for those experiencing domestic violence includes enabling safe spaces for women and girls to reopen and remain open, providing referrals and case management for gender-based violence, and the provision of legal aid.   


Additionally, UN Women is providing livelihoods support – the provision of cash to enable women to keep working, female led businesses to remain open and women to continue working to meet the urgent needs posed by the explosion.  


We know that it has been a difficult year for everyone.  

But our sisters in Lebanon need our support right now more than ever. 

Please give what you can today. 


$15 can buy a dignity kit for a woman or girl who has lost everything: containing period products, underwear, toothbrush, soap and flashlight 


$25 can provide cash to a woman to help rebuild her business after the disaster 


$50 can help survivors of sexual violence access counselling 



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