Humanitarian Action and Crisis Response

Volume 27, Issue 2 | July 2019

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The rate of forced displacement across the world is at an unprecedentedly high level. As of 2018, nearly 71 million people have had to flee their homes. Gender inequality creates a range of specific needs for women and girls in humanitarian crisis. Women need equality, security and the means to survive, while good humanitarian responses desperately need women's full participation and leadership. Yet funding to protect and promote women's rights remains painfully low.

This issue - a collaboration with UN Women - offers cutting-edge insights on innovative humanitarian programming aiming to advance women's rights and gender equality.

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Below, you can find free access to the Introduction, three articles, and the Resources and Book Reviews sections of the issue.

For free access to all of the articles, visit the Oxfam Policy & Practice publications section.



Introduction: gender, humanitarian action and crisis response
Julie Lafrenière, Caroline Sweetman and Theresia Thylin

Balancing fidelity, contextualisation, and innovation: learning from an adaption of SASA! to prevent violence against women in the Dadaab refugee camp
Sophie Namy, Natsnet Ghebrebrhan, Mercy Lwambi, Rahma Hassan, Sophia Wanjiku, Jennifer Wagman and Lori Michau

Rapid Gender Analysis and its use in crises: from zero to fifty in five years
Isadora Quay

‘Localising’ humanitarian action: reflections on delivering women’s rights-based and feminist services in an ongoing crisis
Maria Al-Abdeh and Champa Patel

Women’s status and qualitative perceptions of a cash assistance programme in Raqqa Governorate, Syria
Alexandra Blackwell, Jean Casey, Rahmah Habeeb, Jeannie Annan and Kathryn Falb

How formerly abducted women in post-conflict situations are reasserting their humanity in a hostile environment: photovoice evidence from northern Uganda
Grace Acan, Evelyn Amony, John Harris and Maria del Guadalupe Davidson

Social and feminist design in emergency contexts: the Women’s Social Architecture Project, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
Michelle Farrington

Leveraging blockchain technology in humanitarian settings – opportunities and risks for women and girls
Theresia Thylin and María Fernanda Novelo Duarte

Humanitarian response and stress in Kenya: gendered problems and their implications
Gemma Houldey

Overcoming the ‘tyranny of the urgent’: integrating gender into disease outbreak preparedness and response
Julia Smith

The gendered experiences of local volunteers in conflicts and emergencies
Jessica Cadesky, Matt Baillie Smith and Nisha Thomas


Here you can find additional materials related to the issue. These are compiled by Liz Cooke

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Book Reviews

Edited by Liz Cooke

Masculinities Under Neoliberalism edited by Andrea Cornwall, Frank G. Karioris and Nancy Lindisfarne. Reviewed by Jeff Hearn and Anika Thym

Unjust Conditions: Women’s Work and the Hidden Cost of Cash Transfer Programs by Tara Patricia Cookson. Reviewed by Jasmine Gideon

Gendering Postsocialism: Old Legacies and New Hierarchies edited by Yulia Gradskova and Ildikó Asztalos Morell. Reviewed by Joanna Pares Hoare

Involving Men in Ending Violence Against Women: Development, Gender and VAW in Times of Conflict by Joyce Wu. Reviewed by Kate Bishop

Photo: Three Syrian refugee women and a girl enter the Oasis Center for Resilience and Empowerment of Women and Girls operated by UN Women in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Photo CC license: UN Women/Christopher Herwig