This page brings together multiple projects related to gender, sex, and age in humanitarian response. Please visit the tabs below to learn more about the projects.

This study examines the issue of sexual assault against aid workers, the circumstances surrounding these events, and the institutional response.

The objectives of this project are to better understand the risk factors for sexual assault of humanitarian workers and to provide knowledge to improve prevention of future cases. The consensus among researchers and humanitarian actors is that current reporting methods fail to adequately capture sexual assault data and at present there is little known about the incidence of sexual assault against aid works. The research for this study will help to build a field of knowledge about sexual assault against aid workers through the collection of data from a variety of sources, including information from advocates, employees of humanitarian organizations, and key humanitarian security officials. The project will also examine the viability of developing a consortium of humanitarian agencies interested in this topic that will work together to gather more data on sexual assault against aid workers.

This project is funded by the Government of Norway. The lead researchers on this project are Dyan Mazurana and Phoebe Donnelly.

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.

Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy: Implications for Humanitarian Response
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

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.