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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For most of us, a safe and secure home is at the centre of our lives. It is the place where we eat, sleep, study, raise a family, socialize and take sanctuary. For many people, it is also their most significant financial asset. We work all our lives for it, and continuously invest time, money and energy to improve it.
This publication highlights a set of 24 UNFPA good practices on South-South cooperation (SSC) in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, gender equality, youth empowerment, and population data for development. It includes SSC case studies on family planning, maternal and child health, midwifery, obstetric fistula, HIV and AIDS, SRH in humanitarian setting, population data and population ageing. It demonstrates the successes and commitment of UNFPA and its partners in promoting South-South partnerships for the achievement of the SDGs.
Following the positive reception of OCHA’s set of 250 public domain humanitarian icons in 2012, the organization is releasing an extended and completely redesigned new collection in 2018 (295 and counting).
The original suite was developed because at OCHA we understand that during the response to an emergency it is critical to share and understand complex information in a timely fashion. Icons — with their easily accessible, universal visual language — are vital to achieve this.
2019 Humanitarian Response Plan for the occupied Palestinian territory targets rising needs amidst new challenges
Joint Press Release, Ramallah, 17 December 2018
Today, the Minister of Social Development of the State of Palestine, H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Al-Shaer, and the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, launched the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2019 in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
OVERVIEW OF THE CRISIS
The IFRC’s Minimum standards for protection, gender and inclusion (PGI) in emergencies is now its second edition. This edition is the result of three years of testing, revision and feedback from protection, gender and inclusion (PGI) and sectoral specialists, based on use in the field by Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers in many different humanitarian operations. In addition to new chapters (such as cash-based interventions), there is a stronger focus on sexual and gender-based violence and disability inclusion.
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.
91 mt of food assistance distributed
USD 12.7 m total requirements
27,000 people assisted in July 2018
• 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.
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.
682,87 mt of food assistance distributed
USD 12.7 m total requirements
252,367 people assisted in July 2018
• 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.
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).
Interconnectedness of Gender, Age and Disability Issues in Rohingya Refugee Response
1,400 mt of food assistance distributed
USD 12.71m total requirements
645,000 people assisted
WFP assists populations affected by Hurricane Irma in Central Cuba with rice, beans and vegetable oil. Distribution to the affected populations will continue in the following months.
WFP also supported national and local authorities with mobile storage units, pallets and lightning equipment to strengthen food-handling capacities.
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.
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.
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.