Gender in Humanitarian Action Brief No. 2: Rohingya Refugee Crisis Response Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh (as of 31 March 2018)
Developed by the Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group co-chaired by UN Women and UNHCR
Why is inclusion of gender equality important for disaster preparedness activities?
• Natural disasters do not affect everyone in the same way. Pre-existing societal structures, customs and gender roles create or contribute to heightened risks for some members of the community—such as women, children, persons with disabilities, LGTBIQ persons, and others.
• To be most effective, disaster plans must be developed with, agreed to, and understood by everyone they purport to protect.