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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Mariola Acosta Francés, PhD research fellow, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the University of Wageningen, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Edidah Lubega Ampaire, Project Coordinator, Policies and Institutions for Climate Change Adaptation, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Stephanie Carver, PhD candidate in International Relations, Monash University
The recent Somali elections have been touted as the next step towards peace and stability in the beleaguered East African state.
Lina Abirafeh, Director, Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World, Lebanese American University
This is a Foundation Essay for The Conversation Global. Our series of Foundation Essays provide an in-depth investigation of a particular global challenge. In this piece, Lina Abirafeh takes on the issue of gender-based violence in the Arab world.