The gender dimension is a fundamental aspect of sound research in all areas in the field of secure societies. […] Newly developed tools and methodologies need to be designed and tested for diverse user groups. […] Gender aspects could be further explored as part of the societal dimension of security, where new research domains are emerging, such as the links between culture, risk perception and disaster management, human factors in security areas, immigration and border control, digital security, new technologies and the fight against crime. The issues related to the above mentioned Societal Challenge 6 are also relevant for the SC7 Secure Societies one.1

The humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons from a gender perspective

Using a gender perspective deepens insight into the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. There are biological differences; women are more vulnerable to ionizing radiation than men. A number of social and cultural gender differences can also be found. These relate to psychological impact, stress, and shame in situations of evacuation and displacement, for instance, as well as to the nature and relative intensity of social stigma and discrimination. This paper indicates that the sex- and gender specific impacts of nuclear weapons have policy implications. As yet, these gendered impacts and implications do not appear to have been subject to comprehensive research. Nevertheless, existing information underlines the challenges of adequate humanitarian response—and thus the importance of preventing nuclear weapons from ever being used again in populated areas.

Source: Anne Guro Dimmen. 2014. Gendered Impacts: The humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons from a gender perspective. ILPI & UNIDIR Vienna Conference Series (Paper No 5 of 6), (p.6)


  • 1. Source: H2020-AG-GENDER (2015), p. 11