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Women’s participation in humanitarian action drawing on global trends and evidence from Jordan and the Philippines

This report, based on extensive research and consultations by CARE International, argues that efforts to protect and assist people caught up in natural disasters and conflict will be more effective if women can contribute.

The report, which is based on interviews with over 300 women involved in humanitarian action either at a global level or in emergency responses in Jordan and the Philippines, identifies four key themes:

  • Shift from women as victims to women as first responders
  • Shift from tick-box gender accountability to a comprehensive approach
  • Women and accountability to affected populations
  • Local women’s groups and the ‘Grand Bargain’

As well as a review of global trends and detailed analysis of gender in emergency responses in Jordan (to the Syria crisis) and the Philippines (to Typhoon Haiyan), the report includes detailed recommendations for different stakeholders involved in humanitarian action: donors, governments, the UN, INGOs and local women's groups. 

  • Countries: Jordan, Philippines, Global
  • Published: February 2017

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