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.

Samoa was chosen as one of the case studies. It is a disaster prone country, in which 70 per cent of the population lives along the coastline, exposing them to cyclones, tsunamis and flooding. Two major natural disasters, the tsunami of 2009 that killed 149 people68 and Cyclone Evan of 2012 that displaced close to 5,000 persons were examined for this research.

Download: Unseen unheard – case study 2: Samoa

Publication date: 01/01/2017

Document status: Final


Document data

National Societies
Asia Pacific, Samoa
Community engagement, Disaster management, Sexual and gender-based violence, Violence prevention
Document type
Case study