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Stress- and Trauma-Sensitivity (basic principles)

Recognition of links between gender and trauma, individual self-care and staff care

  1. Links between gender and trauma:
    Gender roles have a significant influence on the development of traumatisation and, in the other direction, traumatisation can reinforce existing patriarchal structures.
     
  2. Individual self-care and staff care as prerequisites for good development aid work:
    People who take care of themselves and who work within supportive organisational structures are much more likely to be able to maintain expert quality and ethical integrity while working long-term in crisis and post-conflict contexts.
    Responsibility for the empowerment and protection of staff members lies not only within the organisations that employ them but also with the funders (who can support corresponding budget items and supportive structures).