This page brings together multiple projects related to gender, sex, and age in humanitarian response.

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Please visit the Sexual Assault and Humanitarian Workers page to learn more about that project.

This research documents and analyses current practices concerning the collection and use of sex and age disaggregated data (SADD) and gender and generational analyses of SADD within the humanitarian community. Academic research and humanitarian practice amply demonstrate that gender and age differentiation exist in society and that these differences are particularly acute in situations of crisis, but that they are often not taken into consideration in response planning. This research seeks to document illustrative examples of the impact of SADD collection and analysis (or lack therefore) on humanitarian assistance. The research aims to understand how to improve humanitarian agencies’ ability to collect and analyze information based on sex and age in all phases in order to help agencies better understand vulnerabilities, needs, and issues of access, in regard to the provision of life-saving services.

This project was funded by CARE International and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Briefing Paper: Sexual Assault Against Humanitarian and Development Aid Workers
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By Dyan Mazurana, Phoebe Donnelly | February 2017

This briefing paper summarizes the findings from a review of scholarly and grey literature, as well as interviews, on the topic of sexual assault against aid workers. The overall study goal is...

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Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy: Implications for Humanitarian Response
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By Dyan Mazurana, Daniel Maxwell | January 2016

This policy brief presents the implications of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy for the people they strive to assist, Sweden’s own humanitarian policy and operations, and more broadly the whole humanitarian...

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Sex and Age Matter Improving Humanitarian Response in Emergencies
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This report shows that proper collection, analysis and use of sex and age disaggregated data, or SADD, allows operational agencies to deliver assistance more effectively and efficiently in a crisis.

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Using sex and age disaggregated data to improve humanitarian response in emergencies

The article linked below considers the impact of sex and age disaggregated data (SADD) collection and analysis (or the lack thereof). The authors report that SADD are not systematically collected, analysed, or used to their full potential to inform humanitarian response. Published in Gender & Development 2012, Issue 2.