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Disasters and violence against women and girls. Can disasters shake norms and power relations?

Author: Virginie Le Masson, Sheri Lim, Mirianna Budimir , Jasna Selih Podboj
Published by: ODI
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Cover of disasters and violence against women and girls paper

This short literature review explores whether the alleged ‘window of opportunity’ created by disasters allow affected-societies to change societal structures. The literature suggests that people’s traditional roles and gender norms are re-emphasised and gender inequalities often worsen after an emergency.