A technical expert with EU Humanitarian Aid in Iraq’s Kurdistan region discusses health care strategy with staff from International Medical Corps. Photo by: © EU / ECHO / Peter Biro / CC BY-NC-ND

When disaster hits, emergency staff are deployed at a moment’s notice to assess, manage, and implement the response. Whether an outbreak of war, natural disaster, political unrest, disease, or famine, emergency response teams are the first on the ground to assist with relief efforts and help communities affected in the aftermath.

How to encourage more female staff in disaster response

Devex looks at seven major challenges women in surge face based on a report from ActionAid and CARE International.

Aid workers deployed in emergency situations face some of the harshest and most challenging living and working conditions — and can be deployed for any period of time, ranging from a few weeks to a number of months. Staff may also face their own challenges in such strenuous situations, particularly female responders who make up the minority of disaster response staff.

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  • Lottie Watters

    Lottie Watters formerly covered career and hiring trends, tips, and insights. Lottie has a background in geography and journalism, taking a particular interest in grassroots international development projects. She has worked with organizations delivering clean water and sanitation projects globally.