Shelters in storm-ravaged nation fight gender-based violence

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Children at a shelter for hurricane evacuees in Antigua and Barbuda. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Managers of shelters in hurricane-ravaged Antigua and Barbuda are being trained to make sure these locations are safe spaces for women and girls.

The tiny Caribbean island nation was devastated by Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm which struck last month.

As in other natural disasters, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) fears the resulting displacement and service disruptions could increase the risk of gender-based violence.

Elizabeth Philip in Antigua, spoke to UNFPA specialist Verena Bruno, who is working with the government in the areas of protection, prevention and response to gender-based violence.

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