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Issues of Gender and Sexual Orientation in Humanitarian Emergencies

Risks and Risk Reduction

Roeder, Larry Winter (Ed.)

2014, XIX, 140 p. 10 illus.

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  • Important resource for understanding issues of gender and sexual orientation in humanitarian emergencies
  • Argues for the integration of gender and sexual orientation into the planning and implementation of disaster relief programs
  • Examines risks in disaster settings for gay, lesbian and transgender populations

 Natural and manmade disasters do not affect everyone equally, especially when resources are not equally accessible. Girls and women in particular face heightened risks of violence and abuse, and many countries bar female-headed households from receiving aid. Across the globe, a wider understanding of gender issues is needed to craft effective policies and carry out equitable practices in disaster planning and response.


The first full-length reference of its kind, Issues of Gender and Sexual Orientation in Humanitarian Emergencies brings together data pinpointing disparities with practical suggestions toward improving post-event adjustment for all. Arguing forcefully for an egalitarian lens in humanitarian aid, the book offers guidelines that governmental agencies and NGOs alike can implement at all levels of preventive and relief efforts to better assist victims and minimize further trauma. Salient areas covered include gender differences in the effects of disasters on children and adolescents, the heightened risk of domestic violence in disasters, and challenges facing the LGBTI community in relocation. In addition, examples from a cyclone event in Australia relate the experiences of victims, organizations, and aid workers to larger social issues. Included among the topics:


  • Gender and the impact of disaster on youth.
  • Personal network structure and gendered well-being in disaster and relocation.
  • Sexual and gender minorities in humanitarian emergencies.
  • Gender as hazard in disaster planning and response.
  • The relationship of disaster and domestic violence.
  • The impact of disasters on workers and services.


Addressing a major threat to public and social health, Issues of Gender and Sexual Orientation in Humanitarian Emergencies is an essential sourcebook for researchers and professionals working with NGOs, disaster management, domestic violence, humanitarian relief, and refugee health.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » LGBT populations and disaster relief - disaster and vulnerable populations - disaster relief and women, children and adolescents - gender issues and disaster relief - humanitarian relief in disasters and armed conflict - refugees and disaster relief

Related subjects » Personality & Social Psychology - Population Studies - Social Sciences

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