The scale of exclusion

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Humanitarian organizations claim to cover for the seven fundamental principles of providing humanitarian assistance. Back in 2003, Carpenter showed with her analysis on humanitarian organizations that gendered norms are responsible for the exclusion of men in humanitarian assistance which violate the core principles. Since this publication many things have changed. Olivius even showed with her findings on humanitarian organizations that the organizations no longer exclude men from their assistance. Instead, the organizations adopted the modern liberal values which caused the implementation of modern gender beliefs and roles. Due to this, men are also categorized as possible victims which are in need of aid. This results in men no longer being excluded from humanitarian assistance solely based on sex and age. This paper researched both arguments in order to provide an answer to the research question which posed that to what extent humanitarian organizations use gendered norms? Researching the humanitarian organizations INTERSOS and Doctors Without Borders, by carrying out a content analysis on their general webpages and the webpages on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, showed that there is a scale of excluding men in humanitarian organizations and assistance. On the one hand humanitarian organizations, based on the findings on INTERSOS, which still predominantly recognize women and children and exclude men. On the other hand organizations, based on the findings on DWB, including and recognizing men almost completely. The only step these organizations have to take in order to fully account for men is also recognizing men in policy and not only throughout imagery.
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