Republic of Fiji Tropical Cyclone Josie and Tropical Cyclone Keni Rapid Gender, Protection and Inclusion Analysis

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This report provides useful guidance for practitioners about some of the specific challenges and needs of vulnerable groups in Fiji following cyclones, and is therefore a useful resource when considering disaster response and recovery activities overall, although not specifically in reference to diverse SOGIESC inclusion.

The Rapid Gender Analysis found that the groups with increased risk following tropical cyclones Josie and Keni were people with disabilities, the elderly or widowed, those with chronic illnesses, children and young people (especially girls), pregnant or breastfeeding women, single mothers, female heads of households, and people from the diverse SOGIESC communities. Anecdotal evidence also showed that young girls from families struggling to recover were at increased risk of sex trafficking.

The report covers five areas of analysis: gendered roles and responsibilities; safety and protection; food security and livelihoods; WASH; and shelter.

The report includes a number of recommendations for each of the 5 categories of findings. Of particular note were the recommendation that diverse SOGIESC informants, networks and partners should be consulted to assist in the identification of specific post-disaster needs, put in place mechanisms to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse related to distributions and response activities, undertake outreach to ensure marginalised groups (such as SOGIESC communities) receive food and tools to rebuild livelihoods, and ensure distribution and post-distribution teams include members of diverse SOGIESC communities.

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"The needs of [diverse] SOGIESC persons were not specifically identified by any of the interviewees. When probed, a government representative noted being unaware of any cases of discrimination against [diverse] SOGIESC people in [Emergency Centre]s or in communities following the cyclones and highlighted that the safety and security of these individuals should be considered equally important."

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The Rapid Gender Analysis found that the groups with increased risk following tropical cyclones Josie and Keni were people with disabilities, the elderly or widowed, those with chronic illnesses, children and young people (especially girls), pregnant or breastfeeding women, single mothers, female heads of households, and people from the diverse SOGIESC communities. Anecdotal evidence also showed that young girls from families struggling to recover were at increased risk of sex trafficking.

The report covers five areas of analysis: gendered roles and responsibilities; safety and protection; food security and livelihoods; WASH; and shelter.

The report includes a number of recommendations for each of the 5 categories of findings. Of particular note were the recommendation that diverse SOGIESC informants, networks and partners should be consulted to assist in the identification of specific post-disaster needs, put in place mechanisms to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse related to distributions and response activities, undertake outreach to ensure marginalised groups (such as SOGIESC communities) receive food and tools to rebuild livelihoods, and ensure distribution and post-distribution teams include members of diverse SOGIESC communities.