U.S. forces capture Snoul, Cambodia

Disasters and crises impact women, girls, men, boys, and persons of diverse gender

identities differently, with women and girls often bearing the brunt of the impact due to

pre-existing gender inequalities. Differential impacts are also felt by women living at the

intersection of multiple marginalized identities, including elderly women, indigenous

women, and women with disabilities. At the same time, crisis situations also have the

potential to allow new and more progressive gender roles to emerge, and the meaningful

participation of women and girls in recovery, mitigation, and adaptation processes has

been shown to accelerate those efforts and make them more sustainable.

Given the Grand Bargain commitments to increase the use of cash and voucher

assistance (CVA) where appropriate, it is critical that these commitments unfold hand

in hand with commitments also made to gender equality in humanitarian settings. As

recent research has shown, without adequate gender analysis and targeting, cash and

voucher assistance can fail to reach those left furthest behind; yet on the flip side, cash

and gender interventions in the development sector have also suggested the potential of

cash and voucher assistance to improve a women’s bargaining power and increase her

decision-making capacity within the household.

Author / Source – Devikara Devakula

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