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In Burkina Faso, access to gender data is complicated by conflict

Women and children receiving humanitarian assistance in Sebba, Burkina Faso. Photo by: WFP / Rein Skullerud via ECHO / CC BY-NC-ND
Photo Credit: WFP / Rein Skullerud via ECHO / CC BY-NC-ND

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — In war-weakened Burkina Faso, several aid groups are still in the early stages of gender data collection.

Attacks linked to Islamic militants, local defense forces, and the army have ravaged the once-peaceful country, making it hard for organizations to reach vulnerable populations — including some 850,000 internally displaced people — and to collect information. The nascent emergency response also means that humanitarians, new to the country, have yet to build trust within communities, which would allow people to feel more comfortable sharing insight into their lives.

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