1. WHY Gender in Emergencies?
“It is widely accepted that disasters, both natural and man-made, impact women, girls, men and boys differently, with the level of vulnerability and gender equality being key determinants of which groups are worse affected. […] in general women and girls are far more likely to die in a disaster at an earlier age.”- ‘Empowering women and girls affected by crisis’ report.
Crises have different impacts on women, girls, boys and men. People face different risks based on their age and sex, and they will often highlight different concerns and bring different perspectives, experiences, and solutions to the challenges faced. The need for assistance and protection will vary.
Our activities during a humanitarian response can increase and reinforce, or reduce, existing inequalities. Gender is therefore a core part of CARE achieving their humanitarian mandate.