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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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01 Jan 2003 description
report University of Ghent

Focusing on sexual and reproductive rights and needs of women displaced by war and armed conflict, this guide provides a tool for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian aid programmes.

 Assuming sexual and reproductive rights are human rights, the guide sees the promotion and protection of these as integral to all humanitarian relief operations and aims to assist in forming a comprehensive, gender and culture sensitive approach of displaced women's sexual and reproductive health.