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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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04 Oct 2018 description


Every year, during the monsoon period of June to September, communities in the Terai face heightened risk of flooding. Such risks can lead to immediate humanitarian suffering, they can exacerbate pre-crisis vulnerabilities and erode development gains.

The recurrent nature of monsoon related flooding and the potential humanitarian needs they can bring about requires the HCT to undertake focused preparedness planning.

19 Sep 2018 description

In Numbers

91 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 12.7 m total requirements

27,000 people assisted in July 2018

Operational Updates

• WFP is supporting national priorities to enhance the sustainability of social safety nets for vulnerable groups (children, pregnant and lactating women, and the elderly), providing regular and specialised nutritious foods.

19 Sep 2018 description

This Emergency Appeal seeks 2.7 million Swiss francs (CHF) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to deliver assistance and support to 100,000 people, who were affected by Typhoon Mangkhut, for 12 months.

24 Aug 2018 description

In Numbers

682,87 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 12.7 m total requirements

252,367 people assisted in July 2018

Operational Updates

• WFP assisted the populations affected by Hurricane Irma in Central Cuba with rice, beans and vegetable oil. The operation has finalised and reached 169,841 people. WFP also supported local authorities with mobile storage units, pallets and lightning equipment to strengthen food-handling capacities.

23 Jul 2018 description

New report shows risk of gender-based violence rises after disasters

Kuala Lumpur, 24 July 2018 – More must be done to protect women, men and children from sexual and gender-based violence after disasters, say the authors of a new report written by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

20 Mar 2018 description

Given the protracted nature of the crisis coupled with limited access to basic services, most women residing in IDPs camps and host communities endure domestic violence, including physical and sexual assault and often remain with their husband as a result of cultural beliefs that dictate submissive behavior for women. Other forms of SGBV, such as child marriage are prevalent in all camps and there tends to be a common response to such violence.

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