Prioritizing Women - CBT White Paper Series

The world is faced with an unprecedented humanitarian challenge, ‘business as usual’ for WFP is not an option. The combination of conflict, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic have devastated people’s lives, livelihoods, and national economies. UNHCR tells us that a record 82.4 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict in 2020. 1 Eightysix percent of people displaced abroad are living in developing countries.2 An additional 7 million people were internally displaced at the end of 2020 due to extreme weather events. 3 In 2022, the UN estimates that 274 million people will need humanitarian assistance.4 Our work needs to be more efficient and impactful than ever. Prioritizing women and supporting their economic empowerment will get us that impact.