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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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To render ourselves visible: women of color organizing & Hurricane Katrina  
http://katrinareader.org/render-ourselves-visible-women-color-organizing-hurricane-katrina

Excerpt from the book What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race, and the State of the Nation discussing how women of color bear the brunt of compromised safety during a disaster and after.

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Published: 2007
Reproductive health  
http://womensrefugeecommission.org/programs/reproductive-health

Describes the Reproductive Health Program of the Women's Refugee Commission. Links to several resources on reproductive health for women in crisis settings, including a factsheet that outlines the issues and possible responses.

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Published: 2011
Conflict and crisis settings: promoting sexual and reproductive rights  
http://www.gdnonline.org/resources/RHM31_Editorial_conflict_crisis_settings.pdf

Editorial on the health of women in war and crisis, in an issue of the journal devoted to this topic. All the abstracts in this issue are freely available online. A subscription is needed to see the full articles.

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Published: 2008
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, women and health: gender and disaster  
http://www.searo.who.int/en/Section13/Section390_8282.htm

Introduces the health issues for women in disaster and provides links to key resources.

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Published: 2009
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
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