Rapid Gender Analysis Tropical Cyclone Winston

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This report is useful for practitioners to understand the specific impacts and needs of vulnerable communities in Fiji following Tropical Cyclone Winston, and as such can be used to inform future disaster response and recovery efforts.

This rapid gender analysis looks at the impacts of TC Winston. The report first presents the socio-economic and cultural context for women in Fiji, looking at legislative environments and cultural norms that result in gender inequality. The report then moves into a discussion of the gendered impacts of TC Winston. Overall, the report found that pre-existing gender inequalities and issues such as gender based violence are expected to worsen as communities struggle to meet basic needs and experience financial stress and trauma following the cyclone. Incidents of sexual and domestic violence have been recorded following previous natural disasters, and are starting to appear in data following TC  Winston. The analysis specifically notes that women and other vulnerable groups (such as LGBT people) are at risk of engaging in sex work as a coping strategy for economic hardship.

The analysis then discusses specific WASH related concerns and how these concerns will likely play into existing gender inequality and vulnerability. The analysis then moves into discussions on the gendered impacts of TC Winston on access to WASH, shelter, food security and livelihoods.

The analysis concludes by providing recommendations for Safety and Protection Cluster experts and actors.

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"The prevailing gender inequalities, discrimination of marginalised persons, high rates of domestic and other forms of gender-based violence, and child abuse are likely to be further compounded as communities struggle to meet basic needs including food, shelter, and WASH."

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This rapid gender analysis looks at the impacts of TC Winston. The report first presents the socio-economic and cultural context for women in Fiji, looking at legislative environments and cultural norms that result in gender inequality. The report then moves into a discussion of the gendered impacts of TC Winston. Overall, the report found that pre-existing gender inequalities and issues such as gender based violence are expected to worsen as communities struggle to meet basic needs and experience financial stress and trauma following the cyclone. Incidents of sexual and domestic violence have been recorded following previous natural disasters, and are starting to appear in data following TC  Winston. The analysis specifically notes that women and other vulnerable groups (such as LGBT people) are at risk of engaging in sex work as a coping strategy for economic hardship.

The analysis then discusses specific WASH related concerns and how these concerns will likely play into existing gender inequality and vulnerability. The analysis then moves into discussions on the gendered impacts of TC Winston on access to WASH, shelter, food security and livelihoods.

The analysis concludes by providing recommendations for Safety and Protection Cluster experts and actors.