How can humanitarian organisations encourage more women in surge?

Disasters affect women and men equally therefore it is important to have women equally represented in humanitarian response teams and to ensure that they play a leadership role during emergencies. The encouragement of their increased involvement is crucial as women and girls are faced with specific and complex rights violations, and pre-existing gender inequalities often limit their ability to access relief and to take leadership roles. Studies show that incidents of violence against women increase in humanitarian crises, yet the sector is lagging behind in addressing these worrying trends. Transforming Surge Capacity Project’s latest report with CARE and ActionAid seeks to tackle the issue by discussing the role of women in surge responses.

In order the better understand the current trends, the report examines what challenges organisation face in increasing the number of women in surge response teams, and then offers some recommendations on how to address them. Overall, the paper argues that humanitarian agencies’ surge policies and practices should specifically address supporting women in surge, organisations should ensure that their gender policies are updated and discussed, and guarantee that their representation is equal on all levels.