Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable People in Times of Disaster
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) people’s experiences in crises are under-researched and misunderstood, which can often lead to protection gaps and thereby face discrimination in humanitarian emergencies.
The SPRINT project 2019, (Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) under Australian Government and managed by International Planned Parenthood Federation ) ensures that our emergency response (enabling access to essential life-saving SRH services) is one that is inclusive and protective of everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. It also encompasses persons with disabilities (PWDs).
In a state of emergency, this can determine whether or not vulnerable populations receive life-sustaining help.
A consultative meeting took place on the 21st of May 2019 to discuss the steps taken thus far for LGBTQI inclusion in humanitarian response and how the process can be further expanded. 12 organisations working to advance LGBTQI rights were represented at this meeting which was facilitated by Dr.Harischandra Yakandawala - Consultant – SPRINT Project.