Research and Reports
Created July 2009

Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, Human Rights and Natural Disasters: Operational Guidelines and Field Manual on Human Rights Protection in Situations of Natural Disaster (Pilot version, March 2008) (PDF, 93 pages).

Cohen, Roberta, Measuring Indonesia’s Response to the Tsunami, Statement at Workshop on “One Year after the Tsunami: Public Perceptions and Policy” at Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. (12 January 2006) (PDF, 10 pages).  See especially the section on Attention to Vulnerable Groups.

Enarson, Elaine, Selected Resources on Gender and Disaster. (Prepared for Gender and Disaster Network with annual updates through 2005) (Last updated 8 July 2005) (DOC, 23 pages).  This bibliography has a gold mine of information on women in disasters.  It includes the usual articles and reports, but also audiovisuals, conferences, networks, other bibliographies, and materials in Spanish and French.

Human Rights Watch, After the Deluge: India’s Reconstruction Following the 2004 Tsunami (25 May 2005).  See especially the subsection on Women and Girls within Section IV, Addressing the Needs of Vulnerable Populations.

Human Rights Watch, Tsunami Recovery Efforts: Human Rights Watch Letter to Clinton (9 May 2005).  See especially the section on Gender Discrimination.

Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Women in the Wake of the Storm: Examining the Post-Katrina Realities of the Women of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast (2008) (PDF, 36 pages).

Lauer, Nancy Cook for Women’s e-News, Rape-Reporting Procedure Missing After Hurricane (13 September 2005).

Lauer, Nancy Cook for Women’s e-News, Efforts to Track Rape Emerge Between Hurricanes (23 September 2005).

Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LaFASA) and National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), Sexual Violence in Disasters: A Planning Guide for Prevention and Response (n.d.) (PDF, 69 pages).

Myers, Norman, Environmental Refugees: An Emergent Security Issue (13th Economic Forum, Prague) (22 May 2005) (PDF, 5 pages).

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), Hurricanes Katrina/Rita and Sexual Violence: Report on Database of Sexual Violence Prevalence and Incidence Related to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (July 2006) (PDF, 3 pages).

Oxfam International, Oxfam briefing note, "The Tsunami's Impact on Women," (March 2005) (PDF, 14 pages).

Pikul, Corrie for Women’s e-News, As Tsunami Recedes, Women's Risks Appear (7 January 2005).

Thornton, William E. and Lydia Voigt, Disaster Rape: Vulnerability of Women to Sexual Assaults During Hurricane Katrina, 13 Journal of Public Management & Social Policy 23 (Fall 2007) (PDF, 27 pages).

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Guidelines on the Protection of Refugee Women (July 1991) (PDF, 56 pages).  These Guidelines generally follow the UNHCR Policy on Refugee Women.

UNHCR, Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, E/CN.4/1998/53/Add.2 (11 February 1998).

UNHCR, Representative of the Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Issues in Focus: Natural Disasters and Internal Displacement (accessed 7 June 2009).

UNHCR, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence against Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (2003) (PDF, 168 pages).

UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), Gender Mainstreaming in Disaster Reduction, Panel Presentation by Sálvano Briceño, Director of UN/ISDR, to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York (6 March 2002) (DOC, 23 pages).

U.S. Newswire, As Domestic Violence Rises in New Orleans in Wake of Katrina, Catholic Charities Provides a Refugee for Abused Women (10 April 2006) (PDF, 2 pages).

The White House, President George W. Bush Archives, The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned (HTML) (February 23, 2006) (or PDF, 228 pages).

Williams, Angela (lecturer), Turning the Tide: Recognizing Climate Change Refugees in International Law, 30 Law & Policy 502-529 (October 2008) (abstract only).

Willinger, Beth, Ed., Tulane University’s Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, Katrina and the Women of New Orleans (December 2008) (PDF, 76 pages).  Especially see Chapter 8: Domestic Violence and Hurricane Katrina by Pamela Jenkins and Brenda Phillips.

Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children (later renamed to Women’s Refugee Commission), Displaced Women and Girls at Risk: Identifying Risk Factors and Taking Steps to Prevent Abuse (c. 2006) (PDF, 4 pages).  This synopsis of the below report provides a practical checklist for ensuring the safety of refugee women and girls, by addressing the major risk factors.

Women’s Refugee Commission, Displaced Women and Girls at Risk: Risk Factors, Protection Solutions and Resource Tools (2006) (PDF, 56 pages).

Women’s Refugee Commission, Guidelines on the Protection of Refugee Women: A Synopsis of the UNHCR Guidelines (September 1997) (PDF, 5 pages).  This is a synopsis especially for NGO field workers.  It provides a practical checklist to ensure refugee women and girls’ participation in the NGO program, and their safety.