Lighting, Gender and Safety in Emergencies

Publication date

17 Nov 2020

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Camps and informal settlements are supposed to be places of refuge and safety for people fleeing conflict and disaster, but they can be dangerous, especially for women and girls. A lack of lighting makes people feel unsafe, especially when they first arrive in a new place and neighbours are strangers. Lighting makes people feel safer and has benefits beyond safety.

Based on research and recommendations summarized in Shining a Light: How lighting in or around sanitation facilities affects the risk of GBV in camps, these tip sheets and tools explore the risks of inadequate lighting, methods to promote gender-sensitive approaches, technical and procurement considerations, and outline a community-based approach to delivering public lighting interventions.