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When Tropical Cyclone Winston reached Fiji on Feb. 20, 2014, it was a Category 5 cyclone — and its effects were devastating. Forty-four people were killed, hundreds injured, and approximately 40 percent of the population were directly affected including losing homes.
Missing within the disaster response, however, was any notice of the sexual and gender minorities dealt a double blow after losing the scant safe homes, jobs, and life they had managed to carve out.
At the 2018 Australasian Aid Conference, hosted by the Development Policy Centre and The Asia Foundation in Canberra on Feb. 14, LGBTIQ+ inclusion in development and humanitarian responses was a focus with the launch of a new report outlining the lack of access and support sexual and gender minorities received in Fiji after the cyclone hit.
Produced by the Rainbow Pride Foundation Fiji, Edge Effect and Oxfam Australia with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the report is targeted at donors and NGOs supporting humanitarian and disaster risk reduction programs in Fiji to become aware of the challenges LGBTIQ+ communities face, and biases that exist allowing the gender and sexual minorities to become an invisible population.
But it also aims to be a stepping off point to further engage discussion and support for sexual and gender minorities in the developing world.
Read the full article about LGBTIQ's exclusion in Cyclone Winston recovery by Lisa Cornish at Devex International Development.