COFEM SVRI 2017 Paper & Video Series

Paper & Video 5

Eclipsed: When a broad protection agenda obscures the needs of women and girls


This paper examines how pursuing a broad protection agenda eclipses work with and for women and girls in crises. We argue that by focusing broadly on protection without meaningfully incorporating analyses of gender and power, protection actors fail to understand and meet the needs of vulnerable women and girls. This paper seeks to generate discussion about how to resolve the tension between a broad protection agenda and the specialised attention necessary to more fully address gender-based violence (GBV) in emergencies.