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Women, girls, boys and men different needs – equal opportunities: IASC gender handbook in humanitarian action  
http://www.humanitarianinfo.org/iasc/documents/subsidi/tf_gender/IASC 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
Because I am a girl: the state of the world's girls 2008 - special focus: in the shadow of war  
http://www.plan-uk.org/pdfs/because_I_am_a_Girl_2008.pdf

Reports on the double discrimination of gender and age that girls face, describing how this discrimination affects them during times of war.

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Published: 2008
Gender equality in disasters: six principles for engendered relief and reconstruction  
http://www.gdnonline.org/resources/GDN_GENDER_EQUALITY_IN_DISASTERS.pdf

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
Clinical management of rape survivors  
http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/emergencies/9789241598576/en/index.html

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
Gender and natural disasters  
http://www.paho.org/English/DPM/GPP/GH/genderdisasters.PDF

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  
http://www.madre.org/index/resources-12/madre-articles-35/news/after-the-quake-depend-on-women-267.html

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
Providing gender responsive aid in Haiti  
http://www.feministpeacenetwork.org/2010/01/15/providing-gender-responsive-aid-in-haiti/

Within the context of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, explains why women need different kinds of aid and contribute differently than men when responding to disaster.

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Published: 2010
Women and girls last? Averting the second post Katrina disaster  
http://understandingkatrina.ssrc.org/Enarson/

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  
http://www.preventionweb.net/files/1502_bn050326tsunamiwomen.pdf

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

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Published: 2005
Katrina, natural disasters and sexual violence  
http://www.svfreenyc.org/research_factsheet_111.html

Factsheet that explains why rapes often occur in the aftermath of natural disasters and other humanitarian crises.

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