Making Humanitarian Cash Transfer Programming Safer and More Accountable to Women and Girls

Emad, 11, hugs his mother in the prosthetic centre in Aden, Yemen on 14 October 2021.


Cash transfers are a growing - and very promising - programming modality in humanitarian response. However, as with all humanitarian interventions, distributing cash in emergencies can introduce and/or exacerbate safety risks for women and girls. Such risks include exposure to various forms of gender-based violence (GBV): intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), and denial of resources, among others. In order to proactively address these risks, UNICEF incorporates key GBV risk mitigation measures into our humanitarian cash transfer programming, which also better equips these programmes to safely reach the targeted population and meet the programmatic objectives.

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