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If the humanitarian sector is not immune to gender-based and sexual violence, it is because it is subject to patriarchal male-female dynamics, as are so many other sectors of society.

Some of its specific characteristics can facilitate violence against vulnerable populations whilst others allow it to “immunise” itself against their complaints.

To counter the patriarchy’s grip within the humanitarian sector, the author advocates for it to take a “dominant position” on the subject and urge free speech, taking into account the local context in which this violence is anchored.

This article was published in Alternatives Humanitaires in March 2021.

Image: UN Women representatives in Uruguay march in protest of violence against women along with other civil society actors. UN Women/Sahand Minae 2017

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