Food security and nutrition in humanitarian settings poses a multi-faceted challenge for people with diverse SOGIE.
Food distribution is almost always designed on a binary understanding of gender with heteronormative assumptions. In practice, this means that (cisgender) women are expected to access food and distribute it to their (heteronormative) families—there is sometimes the requirement for identity documents to access food. This distribution model was developed as part of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda meant to better meet the needs of (cisgender) women in humanitarian settings. While well-intended, this distribution model poses significant challenges for the diverse SOGIE community.
The resources available in the food security category cover an array of topics including: discrimination, harassment and violence towards trans women and gay men in particular in food distribution lines; the challenges for unaccompanied men and gay men in accessing food distribution; and the role biases of humanitarian workers plays in food access for diverse SOGIE people.
These resources have been compiled to enable humanitarian practitioners, especially food security cluster experts, to better meet the needs of diverse SOGIE people in humanitarian settings.