A new report, Humanitarian Protection During Disasters: The Responsibility to Prevent and Respond to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, found that sexual and gender-based violence increased after disasters in three South-East Asian countries. It details …
It is widely acknowledged that disasters affect women, men, boys, and girls in different ways. Socio-economic conditions, traditional practices, and cultural beliefs, often mean that women and their children are disproportionately affected; facing increased risk of death, injury, loss of livelihoods and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
The Canadian Red Cross in close cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, has developed its CERA Project “Capacity Building for Emergency Response in the Americas”.
The rationale for integrating a gender perspective in the activities of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies lies in the Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian mandate – to prevent and alleviate human suffering without discrimination. Gender equality ensures that there is no sex-based discrimination in the allocation of resources or benefits, or in access to services.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is advancing the development of policy research to support advocacy and action for enhanced response to and prevention of gender-based violence (GBV) in disasters. To further this objective, the IFRC commissioned a global study on GBV in disasters in 2015, including nine case studies across the Asia-Pacific, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean and Europe regions. Ranked as one of the ‘most at risk countries, Myanmar was chosen as a case study. Prone to cyclones, earthquakes, and drought, it is estimated that 2.6 million people in Myanmar were affected by cyclones; 500,000 affected by floods; and 20,000 affected by earthquakes in the decade between 2002 and 2012.
From 2005-2015, three cross-cutting themes have emerged as consistent priorities within International Operations: a) violence prevention, b) beneficiary accountability and c) gender equality.
Pullout to accompany the Genders and Diversity Organisational assessment toolkit. Covers leadership, organizational culture, resources and capacities, programme delivery and accountability.
The basis for the IFRC’s gender and diversity work is its humanitarian mandate to prevent and alleviate human suffering without discrimination and to protect human dignity.
Among the continuing and tragic vulnerabilities to humans around the world is violence. Violence is pervasive, often hidden and secretive; when people hurt themselves or others the humanitarian consequences are catastrophic. Regardless of what form violence takes, who it targets, where it occurs, or how it is justified, its toll is undeniably disastrous.
Central to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent’s (IFRC) humanitarian mandate, and in line with the Red Cross Red Crescent’s Fundamental Principles, the IFRC is committed to ensure that all women, men, girls and boys, irrespective of age, disability, health status, social, religious, migrant or ethnic group are protected before, during and after disasters.