Aravanis: voiceless victims of the tsunami

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This brief article is relevant to humanitarian and development practitioners as it provides a quick overview of Pincha's longer 2008 study on the experiences of Aravanis following the 2008 Indian Ocean Tsunami. This article highlights the immediate importance of including and focusing on Aravanis, and third-gender groups more broadly, in disaster response.

This brief article distills some of the findings around Aravanis’ experiences following the 2008 Indian Ocean Tsunami from Pincha’s longer, original study. This article focuses on the specific discrimination of being ineligible to access emergency services such as ration cards.

The article includes broad recommendations to meet the safe housing, access to citizenship documents, secure livelihoods including training and access to credit, and other gender-sensitive needs assessment mechanisms.

The importance of strong advocacy and lobbying with policy-makers is also discussed, as is the importance of donors specifying funding for Aravanis.

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"[W]hen we pray we always say: 'Let us be the last Aravanis on earth'"

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This brief article distills some of the findings around Aravanis’ experiences following the 2008 Indian Ocean Tsunami from Pincha’s longer, original study. This article focuses on the specific discrimination of being ineligible to access emergency services such as ration cards.

The article includes broad recommendations to meet the safe housing, access to citizenship documents, secure livelihoods including training and access to credit, and other gender-sensitive needs assessment mechanisms.

The importance of strong advocacy and lobbying with policy-makers is also discussed, as is the importance of donors specifying funding for Aravanis.