Violence against women


Challenges, case studies and best practices to address gender violence in disaster risk reduction efforts.

Woman raising her hand against domestic violence
A review of 39 papers on domestic violence has assessed the lived experiences of Australian women enduring disasters while suffering domestic violence to better inform emergency management policies and improve safety for women in future disasters.
Flinders University
Catastrophic flooding in New South Wales and southeast Queensland has led to lost lives, homes, belongings, pets and livelihoods. As the process of cleaning up after the floods continues, we can expect an often unspoken outcome of natural disasters.
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More needs to be done to recognize GBV as a core disaster management issue. Alyssa Thurston thinks one reason policies have failed to support women is because they have not adequately included women in disaster planning.
Bangladeshi people cross a flooded street at DND dam in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2017
There is growing evidence that anticipatory action supports affected peoples’ abilities to solve their own problems and better adapt to crises.
Anticipation Hub
Caption: Alyssa Thurston quote card. Credit: LSHTM
Disaster-related violence against women and girls must now be formally recognised in violence prevention, health sector responses and disaster management strategies
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
This gender-blind approach means that other aspects that threaten women and girls’ safety and health, such as gender-based violence, can be overlooked.
Conversation Media Group, the
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Following the 2009 Victorian Black Saturday bushfires, more than half of women in one study reported experiencing domestic and family violence.
Conversation Media Group, the
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There is a complex but clear link between climate impacts and violence against women and girls, with violence rising during and after climate-induced disasters.
Commonwealth Secretariat
In Isiolo County, Kenya, ethnic women are disseminating awareness-related information on COVID-19 and gender-based violence through the use of local radio stations.
International Centre for Climate Change and Development

This report is for humanitarians working in fragile contexts that are likely to be affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. It is organised around broad themes and areas of focus of particular importance to those whose programming

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