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Grassroots responses to violence against women and girls in post-earthquake Nepal: lessons from the field

Standing, K and Parker, SL and Bista, S (2016) Grassroots responses to violence against women and girls in post-earthquake Nepal: lessons from the field. Gender and Development, 24 (2). pp. 187-204. ISSN 1355-2074

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Abstract

Violence against women and girls (VAWG), including sexual violence, can increase after natural disasters. This article provides evidence from Nepal, a country where progress has been made on gender equality but VAWG remains an endemic problem. Research since the earthquakes involving women activists and non-government organisations indicates the continuing challenges facing disaster response efforts to prevent VAWG and protect women. Women and girls in camps and temporary shelters feel threatened and insecure due to the risk of violence and lack of privacy. Humanitarian aid, health care, and disaster responses can challenge VAWG, and offer safe spaces for women and girls to be established. This article draws on the views of grassroots women’s activists in Nepal and shares lessons for development and humanitarian workers about steps to be taken to challenge and minimise VAWG in emergency situations. © 2016 Oxfam GB.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Gender and Development on 15th July 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13552074.2016.1194562
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1699 Other Studies In Human Society
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2016 09:41
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2017 10:03
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/13552074.2016.1194562
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4636

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