Guidelines for Integrating Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action

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Wearable solar lights for displaced women in South Sudan: lighting, sanitation and the risk of gender-based violence

Case study 8: South Sudan, Panyijar. What type of lighting was installed, when, where and why? In 2015, Oxfam distributed ‘Little Sun’ wearable solar lights to women IDPs living in informal settlements in Gap Mayom, Nyal and Ganyiel in Panyijar county, who were fleeing the conflict in Unity State. The settlements consisted of makeshift tents made out of refuse and tarps. They were not managed by any agencies and there were no formal structures, not even temporary latrines. IDPs living in the informal settlements were mostly women, children and the elderly. They expressed concern for their safety in relation to GBV and other risks, such as being bitten by snakes as a result of having to walk long distances in the dark to defecate in unsafe locations or collect water. They also said it was likely that they would be displaced again.

Contributor: Loughborough University, OXFAM, WEDC
Region: Africa
Sector Resources: Camp Coordination & Camp Management, Shelter (includes NFI), WASH
Language: English
Year: 2018

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