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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We caught up with Congolese-born comedian Eddie Kadi upon his return from Kinshasa where he’d visited his family and also spent some time with our projects there.
Here he tells us about his first trip back to Congo since he left with his family as a young boy.
It had been eighteen years since I left, so going back there was such a surreal experience, it was almost like something out of a dream.
We’re helping to protect children and get them into schools in Karamoja – a remote and impoverished region in northern Uganda. Cattle have been an integral part of the nomadic pastoralist way of life for decades. But climate change and the proliferation of small arms has increased the violent competition among rival clans over the dwindling natural resources.
Domestic violence. Forced marriage. Sexual assault.
They’re conversation stoppers in any language.
We’re trying to start one in Karamoja in north eastern Uganda – one of the poorest places on the planet.
We recently caught up with some of the children who lived in the residential Centres we supported in Kinshasa from 2006-09 (see photos here). It provided a chance to look back at some of the successes and learning points from the project.