Gender and Emergencies

Gender and Emergencies

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Emergencies have different impacts on men and women and often change household and community dynamics. Women are disproportionately affected by natural disasters and face specific challenges in armed conflict. CARE is committed to working with women and girls, boys and men to free women’s potential to the benefit of society as a whole.

Women are most affected by armed conflict and post conflict situations. They experience war and conflict in different ways compared to men, as victims of rape, trafficking, sex slavery and forced prostitution as well as in some instances, perpetrators of violence and participants in conflict.

- Rachel Mayanja

How we include gender into our emergency response:

  • Having a gender balanced team with the ability to assess and respond to the different needs of men, women, boys and girls, and who know and respect CARE’s codes of conduct.
  • Applying a solid gender analysis including sex and age disaggregated data (SADD). This means we analyze the different power, roles and needs of women, men, boys and girls within the community, and how these have been affected by the crisis.
  • Grounding our emergency response strategy, program design and implementation directly on the gender analysis.
  • Incorporating a gender lens in all of our humanitarian programs.
  • Ensuring that we monitor the different impacts of our response on women, men, boys and girls, including by using gendered indicators and monitoring tools that allow us to see and track the different impacts according to sex and age.

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