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World Disasters Report 2007: Focus on Discrimination

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
World Disasters Report 2007: Focus on Discrimination
ISBN: 978-92-9139-126-4
2007/238 pages
Distributed for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
"Hurricane Katrina is now symbolic of what happens even in the most 'developed' of countries, when disaster hits communities already disadvantaged by deeply rooted forms of discrimination. This vital report demands awareness of the reality of discrimination in the delivery of essential humanitarian assistance."—Gay J. McDougall, United Nations


Gender, race, religion, age—there are so many reasons why people are excluded from society. Those who are face an uphill struggle for equality, even if they have the strength and wherewithal to take the first steps. However many do not. What, then, is the reality for these groups when disaster strikes?

Hidden, ignored, or simply invisible, the most vulnerable—and those potentially in the greatest need—are rarely, if ever, at the forefront of aid operations. This report turns the spotlight on these groups, examining how and why they face discrimination on the basis of race, age, gender, religion, and other reasons. The report calls on communities, governments, and agencies to work together to ensure that the specific needs of those groups are addressed in an emergency.

Published annually since 1993, the World Disasters Reports compiles the latest trends, facts, and analysis relevant to contemporary crises—whether "natural" or human-made, quick-onset or chronic.


Disasters Do Not Discriminate: People Do.
Overcoming Multiple Disasters: Discriminating Against Minorities.
Older People and Discrimination in Crises.
Disability and Disasters: Towards an Inclusive Approach.
The Urgency of Equality: Ending Discrimination Against Women and Its Consequences in Emergency Situations.
Dealing with Discrimination in Disaster Recovery.
Disaster Data.