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One year ago, on April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal, leveling entire villages and killing thousands of people. Just a few weeks later, a second major quake occurred. The damage was extreme, and it took weeks for aid to reach many areas.

But one year later, there is hope. Global Fund for Women’s grantee partners have been working to address the immediate and ongoing needs of women and girls, and to fill critical gaps in relief efforts. They’ve reached the hard-hit, remote villages that mainstream relief efforts haven’t, and they’re focused on long-term recovery and rehabilitation. These women’s groups are rebuilding communities and empowering women with skills trainings and income opportunities, such as tailoring and plumbing. Just as importantly, they are working hard to ensure that women’s rights are being protected and advanced at a time when they are most vulnerable due to the increased poverty, violence, and political upheaval following the disaster.

Explore powerful stories and photographs from this year of women-led relief, recovery, and rehabilitation. Meet resilient women survivors of the earthquake. Hear the voices of bold women leaders. Learn how women’s groups are working to rebuild Nepal with more than $700,000 raised from Global Fund for Women’s generous donors.


In the Democratic Republic of Congo, rape is regularly used as a weapon of war: it is estimated that 48 women were raped each hour in some regions during the height of the conflict. In Iraq and Syria, where ISIS has seized control over major cities, women and girls – especially those in ethnic and religious minorities – have been raped, enslaved, sold, and tortured. The story is the same in armed conflicts around the world as well as in unstable political climates and post-conflict regions: systematic rape is a favorite weapon of war aimed to control, intimidate, and humiliate millions of women and girls.

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