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World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2016

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World Humanitarian Data and Trends is an annual OCHA publication, which highlights major trends in the nature of humanitarian crises, their underlying causes and drivers, and the actors that participate in crises prevention, response and recovery. Beyond providing statistics, the report uses infographics to display trend analyses that show how the humanitarian landscape is evolving and how the humanitarian system can be more effective in a rapidly changing world. Data used in the report comes from a variety of sources and partners. The report is structured in three main sections: 'the year in review', which provides an overview of the humanitarian landscape in terms of funding, capacity, crises and appeals, a ‘regional perspectives’ section and ‘trends, challenges and opportunities’, which provides case studies on issues that impact humanitarian operations. The report is anchored in the Agenda for Humanity, launched at the World Humanitarian Summit held in May 2016. Highlights for 2016 include a new case studies on the development profile of people in humanitarian need, the protection of healthcare in emergencies, gender-based violence, disability in humanitarian action and financing local actors. The report aims to provide a "one-stop" shop for policy makers, researchers and humanitarian practitioners to have an evidence-base and advocacy tools for humanitarian assistance. This report is one part of OCHA's efforts to improve data and analysis on humanitarian situations worldwide.

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Gender in humanitarian action

Women, girls, men and boys all suffer in a crisis, but women and girls face greater challenges and risks to reaching their full potential and leading safe, healthy and dignified lives due to structural gender inequalities. The capacity, knowledge and impact that women and local women’s groups consistently display in a crisis is also rarely recognized, supported or enabled due to these structural inequalities. The World Humanitarian Summit emphasized the importance of achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment and called forgive core commitments to achieve this: empower women and girls as change-agents and leaders; ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health; implement a coordinated approach to prevent and respond to gender-based violence; ensure that humanitarian programming is gender responsive; and comply with humanitarian policies on women’s empowerment and women’s rights. This infographic provides baseline information on each of these commitments to illustrate the enormous challenge moving forward: beyond political will to realize gender equality, there will need to be tangible investments if gender equality and women’s empowerment is to become a reality in humanitarian crises.

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