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Addressing Gender issues In humanitarian practice2005, June. Madhavi Malalgoda Ariyabandu. Power Point presentation and Concept note at the 17th Biannual meeting of the Learning Accounting Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) network held in Netherlands, 9-10 June, 2005. Available at www.alnap.org/
The presentation material outlines the challenge of redressing the gender blind humanitarian practices in disaster aftermath. Gender based prejudices and divisions mainly affect women. Existing socio-structural biases mean women are almost always more vulnerable in the aftermath of a disaster, in terms of security, safety, and women’s access to relief goods and recovery information is limited. Implications for men, also reflect the prevailing gender-based social norms and expectations as observed in the case of tsunami aftermath.
Key words: Sri Lanka, humanitarian practices, gender sensitivity, emergency assistance