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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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06 Dec 2017 description

A study commissioned by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, into sexual violence against men and boys in the Syria crisis indicates that this violence may be far more widespread than previously understood.

12 Oct 2017 description

RAUTAHAT, Nepal – Flooding in southern Nepal this August affected over a million people, displacing tens of thousands. The destruction was widespread in Rautahat District, where 20-year-old Priyanka Singh lives.

Despite being forced from their homes in the disaster, Ms. Singh and her friends decided to take action to help their fellow villagers.

30 Sep 2017 description


  • WFP has launched an immediate response operation to assist 664,000 people affected by Hurricane Irma in Central Cuba. WFP’s Executive Director flew to Cuba to meet with national authorities and express WFP’s support.

  • WFP is working with government counterparts to promote nutrition for vulnerable groups and support behavioral change and nutrition education in schools.

  • WFP supports the strengthening of agricultural value chains by organizing service fairs to bring together producers and service providers.

15 Sep 2017 description


  • In July, WFP assisted 12,934 refugees with full entitlements and 16,046 with partial entitlements (8,115 woman 6,085 girls, 8,115 men and 6,665 boys).

  • The process monitoring exercise was implemented during the month of July in seven settlements.

Operational Updates

  • In July, all five food commodities were available in all settlements without any reductions.

08 Sep 2017 description

By Ly Nguyen, IFRC

When a disaster strikes, women, children and the elderly often struggle with more than just losing their homes and belongings. They face other dangers and threats to their security, usually in the form of sexual and gender-based violence.

In Nepal, for example, early and forced marriage increases in the face of heightened poverty and desperation after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake.

05 Sep 2017 description

Developed by UN Women in collaboration with the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MOWCSW), Government of Nepal, with collective inputs by the UNCT Gender Theme Group Task Team on Inter-Cluster Gender in Humanitarian Action

2017 Flood Data

24 Aug 2017 description

YANGON, Myanmar — A new census report brings to light extensive data that confirms the disadvantages that women in Myanmar face throughout their lives and in all aspects of society.

31 Jul 2017 description


  • In June, WFP assisted 12,890 people with full entitlements and 15,949 with partial entitlements (8,075 woman 6,056 girls, 8,075 men and 6,633 boys)

Operational Updates

  • In June, all five food commodities were available in all settlements without any reductions.

  • In June, 175 mt of internationally purchased rice arrived to Bandar Abbas port and currently under custom clearance process.

WFP Assistance

05 Jul 2017 description


The United Nations (UN) is adapting its planning and programmes to better help Caribbean countries ensure that no one is left behind in their thrust to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
From Jamaica in the north, through the vibrant islands of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), to Guyana in the south, the Caribbean has demonstrated a wide variety of development achievements and considerable convergence in the challenges countries face.

31 May 2017 description

This gender analysis was conducted to assess the gender dimensions of the Basic Needs Sector and the challenges that Syrian refugees have encountered in Jordan. Refugee population demographics were analyzed together with refugee community practices, cultural and social roles and responsibilities for females and males.

31 May 2017 description

Executive Summary

The protracted Syria Crisis, now nearing the end of its sixth year, has forced millions of Syrians to seek refuge in the neighboring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and beyond. Since 2011, approximately 659,828 Syrians (as of May 2017) are living in Jordan, placing further strains on Jordan’s already fragile economy and public services.

15 May 2017 description

We are a diverse, dynamic, and talented work-force, accompanying Sri Lanka in its socio-economic development.

Our overall commitment is to enable populations, with a focus on women, young people, and the elderly, by promoting reproductive rights and gender equality for an inclusive and peaceful Sri Lanka.

21 Mar 2017 description


Amidst political tensions, an estimated 18 million people across DPRK continue to suffer from food insecurity and undernutrition, as well as a lack of access to basic services. Recurrent natural hazards – particularly extended droughts punctuated by near-annual floods – exacerbate and create new humanitarian needs. As a result people have crucial, unmet food, nutrition, health and, water, sanitation and hygiene needs.

Chronic food insecurity

01 Mar 2017 description
report IRIN


Laxmi Devishretha hasn’t spoken for a week. Silent but for the rhythmic in-and-out of the oxygen tank pumping through her nostrils, the 83-year-old lies in a hospital bed, tucked up to her chin in a red fleece blanket. At this point, she’s largely given up trying to make herself heard.