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Tackling violence against women and girls in urban humanitarian crises: the case of Gaza

Gaza, a mostly urban and densely populated area, chronically experiences complex emergencies, with bouts of acute violence. Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is aggravated by the exposure to ongoing and acute political violence. VAWG protection and support services are mainly delivered by local non-state actors, and better information on the vulnerabilities of women and girls and the dynamics of violence against them would help to improve their services. The knowledge of local actors should be leveraged in the design and provision of services in chronic and acute humanitarian crises; and better communication and data exchange among service providers should be encouraged.

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Urban areas are increasingly the sites of humanitarian crises, from natural disasters to conflict and displacement. Through a programme of research, documenting and learning from experience and development of tools and approaches, IIED is working to build the knowledge and capacity to respond of humanitarian actors working in urban areas, and of urban actors facing humanitarian crises.

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Urban Crises Learning Fund