Rethinking resilience: Prioritizing Gender Integration to Enhance Household and Community Resilience to Food Insecurity in the Sahel.

Author:

MercyCorps

Editor:

First

Date:

2014

Region:

Theme:

Gender, Risk, and Resilience

Language:

English

Publisher:

MercyCorps

Full Harvard Reference:

MercyCorps. (2014) Rethinking resilience: Prioritizing Gender Integration to Enhance Household and Community Resilience to Food Insecurity in the Sahel.

Based on their interventions in the Sahel (Mali, Niger, and Northern Nigeria), Mercy Corps’ research documents how within the same household, individuals will experience shocks and stresses in different ways; men, women, boys, and girls differ in their perceptions of the impact of shocks; and Gender also influences the skills, strategies, and mechanisms individuals use to cope with and adapt to disturbances. These findings reinforce the importance of gender integration in programming as a critical component for enhancing household and community resilience. Underpinning gender integration are three key facets: increased access to and control of capital for transforming unequal relationships and systems; empowerment of excluded and vulnerable groups through the engagement of gatekeepers; and inclusion as a necessary social dimension for household and community resilience.