Inclusive EM and Post Conflict Operations

The intersection between NATO's Protecting Civilians with Disabilities and Inclusive Emergency Management is fluid, but it is there.

"People with physical, sensory as well as intellectual and psycho-social disabilities also face barriers in escaping and surviving armed conflict. Women with disabilities, already at a disproportionate risk for sexual violence during peace, are at an even greater risk of violence due to the insecurity of wartime..."

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This is known from post-conflict environments, yet after interventions are done, how do we rebuild EM systems? More importantly, under what direction, guidance, or best practices?

I had two conversations last week about long term effects of this issue and a correlation to voter turnout. The point is that a large portion of post-conflict societies are clan-based with strong family structures. If a family member is disabled, family members need to provide assistance. If the barrier is too high the family just ends up not voting, impacting voter turnout.

While that may not seem like large numbers, what if it was 10% of the population, significant in smaller countries. The discussion should be how to "operationalize" emergency management during post-conflict, and start building resilience early.

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