Lighting, Gender and Safety in Emergencies
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.