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Nigeria: Enhancing Gender and Age Mainstreaming in Health and Nutrition Programming

Why gender and age matter in emergency health and nutrition interventions

According to assessments conducted by protection actors in 2016, internally displaced women and children are disproportionately vulnerable to sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). Unaccompanied girls and adolescent boys, single heads of households, child mothers, child spouses, and those living with disability are most at risk. This reality relates to myriad of factors including separation from families, limited access to support and economic opportunities, and overcrowding in IDP settlements which offer minimal privacy and security. Most women, girls and boys formerly abducted by Boko Haram face stigma and family rejection. The lack of adequate reintegration services and worsening economic situations of most internally displaced persons expose them to vulnerable environments making them susceptible to abuse, violence and exploitation. In order to address and mitigate protection challenges faced by the women, girls, boys and men, all humanitarian actors must ensure that their services are tailored to suit the specific needs of the different groups based on age, gender and diversity perspectives.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
United Nations Population Fund
United Nations Children's Fund
World Health Organization
Original Publication Date: 
31 Dec 2016
Document type: 
Field coordination