Issues of Gender and Sexual Orientation in Humanitarian Emergencies

Risks and Risk Reduction

  • Larry W. Roeder

Part of the Humanitarian Solutions in the 21st Century book series (HSIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Eric C. Jones, Graham Tobin, Chris McCarty, Linda Whiteford, Arthur Murphy, AJ Faas et al.
    Pages 19-31
  3. Jennifer Rumbach, Kyle Knight
    Pages 33-74
  4. Isobelle Barrett Meyering, Rochelle Braaf, Jan Breckenridge, Kerrie James
    Pages 125-137
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 139-140

About this book


 Natural and manmade disasters do not affect everyone equally, especially when resources are not equally accessible. Girls and women in particular face heightened risks of violence and abuse, and many countries bar female-headed households from receiving aid. Across the globe, a wider understanding of gender issues is needed to craft effective policies and carry out equitable practices in disaster planning and response.


The first full-length reference of its kind, Issues of Gender and Sexual Orientation in Humanitarian Emergencies brings together data pinpointing disparities with practical suggestions toward improving post-event adjustment for all. Arguing forcefully for an egalitarian lens in humanitarian aid, the book offers guidelines that governmental agencies and NGOs alike can implement at all levels of preventive and relief efforts to better assist victims and minimize further trauma. Salient areas covered include gender differences in the effects of disasters on children and adolescents, the heightened risk of domestic violence in disasters, and challenges facing the LGBTI community in relocation. In addition, examples from a cyclone event in Australia relate the experiences of victims, organizations, and aid workers to larger social issues. Included among the topics:


  • Gender and the impact of disaster on youth.
  • Personal network structure and gendered well-being in disaster and relocation.
  • Sexual and gender minorities in humanitarian emergencies.
  • Gender as hazard in disaster planning and response.
  • The relationship of disaster and domestic violence.
  • The impact of disasters on workers and services.


Addressing a major threat to public and social health, Issues of Gender and Sexual Orientation in Humanitarian Emergencies is an essential sourcebook for researchers and professionals working with NGOs, disaster management, domestic violence, humanitarian relief, and refugee health.


LGBT populations and disaster relief disaster and vulnerable populations disaster relief and women, children and adolescents gender issues and disaster relief humanitarian relief in disasters and armed conflict refugees and disaster relief

Editors and affiliations

  • Larry W. Roeder
    • 1
  1. 1.US Department of StateMS, Former Policy Advisor on Disaster Management, IO/ SHASouth RidingUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-05881-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-05882-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-9958
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-9966
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