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Women and girls last? Averting the second post Katrina disaster

Describes how natural disasters affect women differently than men, and how disaster planning must fully involve women as well as men. 

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Published: 2006
The tsunami’s impact on women

Oxfam Briefing Note that explains why and how the 2004 Asian tsunami hit women harder than men. 

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Published: 2005
Addressing sex and gender in epidemic-prone infectious diseases

Discusses how infectious diseases affect women and men, and shows how, by taking sex and gender differences into account, it is possible to improve ways to prevent and treat these diseases, using dengue, Ebola haemorrhagic fever and SARS as examples.

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Published: 2007
Reproductive health

Describes the Reproductive Health Program of the Women's Refugee Commission. Links to several resources on reproductive health for women in crisis settings, including a factsheet that outlines the issues and possible responses.

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Published: 2011
Conflict and crisis settings: promoting sexual and reproductive rights

Editorial on the health of women in war and crisis, in an issue of the journal devoted to this topic. All the abstracts in this issue are freely available online. A subscription is needed to see the full articles.

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Published: 2008
Clinical management of rape survivors

This guide describes best practices for clinical management of people who have been raped in emergency situations. It is intended for use by qualified health-care providers in developing protocols for the management of rape survivors in emergencies, taking into account available resources, materials, and drugs, and national policies and procedures. It can also be used in planning health-care services and training health-care providers. The guide includes detailed guidance on the clinical management of women, men and children who have been raped.

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Published: 2009
Women, girls, boys and men different needs – equal opportunities: IASC gender handbook in humanitarian action Gender Handbook %28Feb 2007%29.pdf

Describes how the needs of women and men differ in the midst of disasters, and how best to serve those needs.

The IASC Guidelines for Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings serve as a complement to this handbook and should be used in conjunction with it. The GBV Guidelines provide humanitarian actors with a set of minimum interventions in all sectors to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.

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Published: 2006
Gender equality in disasters: six principles for engendered relief and reconstruction

Factsheet that briefly outlines the main principles for working with women during disaster, aimed at disaster relief and reconstruction workers.

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Published: 2004
Gender and natural disasters

Factsheet that briefly explains why women are disproportionately affected by natural disasters, and how women should play a vital role in disaster relief and response.

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After the quake, depend on women

Using the context of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, discusses why women should be integral to designing and carrying out relief efforts.

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Published: 2010