Gender Dynamics

Girls' Unique Risks

We must also consider the economic circumstances in which many girls affected by crisis live. Although the teachers' allowance in a refugee camp may be small, it can be enough for them to offer girls small items such as soap in exchange for sex. Girls may not otherwise be able to obtain such items. When social infrastructures and relationships break down, physical male power dominates, and violence can become normal. The power inequities between men and women and girls of the pre-crisis time may increase, as does vulnerability to sexual exploitation and abuse.