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All the latest updates on our charity work from around the world.

As International Women’s Day approaches, we’re celebrating stories of empowerment for some of the inspirational women we work with. But we’re also asking why gender equality is so crucial to the elimination of poverty. Here are five reasons why equality for women and girls is so important. 

We delve into the past, present and future of Somalia, taking a look at why it is one of the world’s most complex and long-lasting emergencies, and what exactly can be done to support its vulnerable communities.

Mother and child queue for medical care in Refugee Camp near Mogadishu. Photo: Marco Gualazzini/ Concern Worldwide

Jemima Jewell, a trustee of Concern UK, visits Cox’s Bazaar - the world’s largest refugee camp where almost a million people are now living, having been forced to flee their homes. Here, she vividly narrates her experience and the people she met, and outlines what is being done to help the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Over view of Kutupalong camp, Ukhiya. Photo: Abir Abdullah/Concern Worldwide

We hear about ‘the power of love’ all the time – in romantic movies and in the lyrics of aching love-songs. In our work with the world’s poorest people, we are lucky enough to see the empowering nature of love in some of the most challenging circumstances. We see how love, in all its forms, can inspire us to do better, and how it can lift us up in times of crisis.

Rebecca Dolley with her husband Jeremiah in Nakai Town. The couple have four children together. Photo: Gavin Douglas / Concern Worldwide

By using available data to focus attention on where the need is greatest, we can ensure that the world’s best expertise is brought to bear on the world’s worst problems.

A field of winter maize on the floodplains of the Shire river in Nsanje district, Malawi.

As the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Sir Mark Lowcock, recently said (and not for the first time), in general, “the humanitarian financing system is still designed to wait for disasters to strike before mobilizing resources”.

20-year-old Fatuma Mohamed and husband Abdulahi Osman (25) with their two boys - Yusuf, who is only three-and-a-half weeks old, and Mohamed (2½). Photographer: Peter Caton