Disasters have devastating impacts, some of which are more obvious than others. The immediate aftermath of disasters often leave behind visible destruction, damage and human suffering. Additionally, they create major economic losses and long-term effects on a country’s sustainable development outcomes. At the same time, there can be other invisible impacts that go unnoticed and unaddressed. Existing gender and power inequalities and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) are among the somewhat ‘invisible’ risks that increase during and after disasters.
Recognizing that disasters are not gender-neutral, and disproportionately affect marginalised groups, IFRC offers recommendations on how to support gender equality, protection, and inclusion in disaster-related legislation, policies, and procedures. Click here to read the full “Protection, Gender, Inclusion and Disaster Law Snapshot 2018.”
Purpose and overview:
This resolution on Sexual and gender-based violence: Joint action on prevention and response was adopted on the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in December 2015. The resolution calls for action against:
- Sexual violence in armed conflicts
- Sexual violence well as in disasters and other emergencies
- Towards Movement implementation, cooperation and partnerships.
Usage: Policy influence and reference
Audience: National Society Leaders and staff, Gender and Diversity practitioners.