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Humanitarian designs relationship with women in disasters

Many parts of the world are facing overlapping disasters of conflict and climate-related crisis. These are often coupled with societal threats of misogyny and political repression. So when a disaster occurs it is often those who sit within these societal threats that are most effected by the disaster. Namely, women.

During the disaster response, humanitarian assistance is provided to aid the affected communities in their recovery. This may include material goods (products), recovery programmes (services), coordination of recovery efforts (systems) and more. How these recovery strategies are designed and implemented can be vital to how the community will recover from the disaster. With this in mind, the research seeks to study how humanitarian design is incorporated into these recovery strategies and its effects on women. More specifically, the research will seek to understand what (if any) might be humanitarian designs role in challenging gendered structures during disaster recovery by working in relation to women.

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  • London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP)