This briefing paper looks at the importance of gender within Red Cross disaster management and offers some suggestions about how Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies might integrate gender into programmes and strategies.


Gender shapes the extent to which men, women, boys and girls are vulnerable to, and affected by, emergencies and disasters. It affects the kinds of responses that are feasible in different communities and societies. Understanding that men and women face different obstacles can help the development of more effective programmes and ensure that needs are met.

Programmes should include provision for gender-specific needs, including: appropriate clothing and hygiene supplies; safe transportation; childcare in relief centres; reproductive health services and anti-violence services.

Usage: Policy development , Guidance for project implementation

Audiences: Technical staff; National Society leadership; Gender and diversity practitioners

Reference: Australian Red Cross. Gender and disaster management. Pp.1-8. Available from: http://www.redcross.org.au/gender-briefing-papers.aspx [Accessed: 19th September 2015].

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