Unseen, Unheard: Gender-Based Violence in Disasters: Global Study

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IFRC

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Date:

2015

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Gender-based Violence and Disaster

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English

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Full Harvard Reference:

IFRC. (2015). Unseen, Unheard: Gender-Based Violence in Disasters: Global Study, Switzerland. pp. 1-52.

This report aims to answer 3 questions: what characterizes gender-based violence (GBV) in disasters? In what ways should legal and policy frameworks, including disaster risk management, be adapted to address GBV in disasters? And how should National Societies and other local actors address GBV in disasters, and what support do they need to fulfil their roles? The findings determined that both domestic and sexual violence increase post-disaster and during displacement. This can be in the form of coping strategies such as transactional sex, and reports of child marriages and trafficking. The national policies reviewed failed to refer to gender in detail and failed to include plans for preventing GBV.