On October 16th 2012 IRC-UK held a high level policy roundtable at Ditchley Park which focused on responding to and preventing violence against women and girls in the immediate aftermath of a humanitarian emergency. This film was shown at the conference.
From the Ivory Coast to Iraq, from Haiti to Somalia, women and girls have long been the target of increased violence during and after both human-made crises and natural disasters. Time and again, the humanitarian community has seen evidence of how conflict and natural disaster weaken social structures and services, and increase the risk and severity of violence against women and girls. And yet, experience shows that we still fail to prioritise the needs of women and girls. Too often violence against women and girls remains largely unaddressed for weeks, months or years after the onset of an emergency. Tackling violence against women and girls in humanitarian emergencies is a life-saving activity and inaction has consequences not only for the individual affected but for families and communities – as well as reconstruction and lasting peace.
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