On August 4th 2020, two explosions (with the second categorized amongst the largest non-nuclear explosions in the world) occurred in the Beirut port, leading to massive human and material losses. There have been over 200 reported deaths, with an additional 5,000 people injured and 300,000 displaced, half of whom are women/girls, and one third children . Estimates put the physical damages from the Blast at US$3.8-4.6 billion, with losses anticipated in economic activity, fiscal revenues and possible trade disruption.
Owing to Beirut’s central role as the country’s political and economic capital, the Blast has added an additional level of complexity to the multifaceted crisis which Lebanon is facing, which includes the Syrian refugee crisis, the economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, underscored by the socio-political unrest. However, the impact of these crises is not necessarily felt equally across the affected populations, with women and girls known to be particularly vulnerable in times of crisis and other factors like income and migration status exacerbating vulnerability. Women are more likely to be food insecure, unemployed, lack access to social protection, shelter and legal residency status, making them less resilient to shocks.
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