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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Almost all societies have obstacles for
women participating fully as actors in politics, civil society and in their
daily lives. When threats to women's security are not recognised and measures
are not taken to ensure they are, women become marginalized.
In this report the Kvinna till KvinnaFoundation highlights security threats faced by women in conflict areas
divided into four separate chapters:
As a guide to the practicalities to rebuilding,
conflict resolving and other peacebuilding activities, this report provides
a model for women's participation at various stages and levels of the
peace process. The model is divided into three stages:
- During conflict,
- During peace negotiations,
- During the rebuilding process.
Drawn on numerous examples of women's efforts in peace-building and reconstruction, the handbook is intended as a tool for people working in areas affected by war and armed conflict and in the peace and rebuilding process.