The Civil Society Mechanism Coordination Committee organised this event to discuss the roles and struggles of women in crises. The panelists all agreed that women face multiple levels of vulnerability in crises and in conflicts. The number of women suffering from malnourishment triples in time of protracted crises, with 50% of women in Afghanistan being iron deficient with special vulnerability of pregnant women. In time of crises, women suddenly become the heads of households. They lead the households with smaller capacities, fewer rights, no recognition and limited access to resources, which often results in food insecurity for the whole family. Regulatory frameworks often do not leave any other choice to women, forcing them to work informally, with no rights, security and under bad conditions. In food crises, when there is no production, they are the first to suffer. Therefore, women issues need to be present in the political, health and economic discussion in order to find a solution.