In any emergency, the response by governments and aid organisations can only be said to be successful when it has reached everyone in need. But in disaster zones worldwide, despite the best efforts of many, a great need remains.
Those already marginalized by society – the elderly, women and girls, minority groups and people with disabilities – can become the most vulnerable in a time of crisis.
The level of discrimination they face in everyday life is heightened when disaster strikes. Then, too often, these people are invisible both within their own societies and to the national, regional and global communities that mobilize emergency aid.
Publication date: 05/11/2007
Document status: Final