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Understanding how crises affect women and men, girls and boys of different ages and disparities is critical to effective humanitarian preparedness and response. Women, girls, boys and men have distinct needs, priorities, responsibilities, limitations and protection needs. They are exposed to differential risks and vulnerabilities but also play unique and important roles in preparedness and in responding to emergencies, conflicts and building peace within their respective communities. Gender equality in humanitarian action is about better targeting and programming and therefore about effectiveness of humanitarian action reaching all segments of the affected population.

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30 Aug 2011 description

by Abubakar Siddique

Naimatullah Rekazai maintains a comfortable distance between himself and his twin son and daughter.

That's because the 37-year-old Rekazai, blinded by a mine explosion during the Soviet occupation in the 1980s, doesn't plan on being around for long.