Gender E-learning

Gender equality in humanitarian action is simply about good programming. It is about effectively reaching all segments of the affected population.

Women, girls, boys and men play different roles within the family and community, and have different levels of access to power and resources. No wonder then, that we are differently affected by, and find different ways of coping with, emergency.  Humanitarian actors must therefore design programmes to meet the needs of young and old, male and female, and ensure that all have safe and equal access to humanitarian assistance. To achieve this, all groups must be consulted and actively participate in needs assessments and decision-making processes.

Understanding gender differences, inequalities, and capacities and responding to them, improves the effectiveness of our humanitarian actions. The IASC Sub-Working group on Gender and Humanitarian Action works to support the mainstreaming of gender equality programming in humanitarian action. On this page you will find resources to guide the design of more effective humanitarian response.

Gender E-learning

Gender overview

Gender equality in humanitarian action is simply about good programming. It is about effectively reaching all segments of the affected population.

Women, girls, boys and men play different roles within the family and community, and have different levels of access to power and resources. No wonder then, that we are differently affected by, and find different ways of coping with, emergency.  Humanitarian actors must therefore design programmes to meet the needs of young and old, male and female, and ensure that all have safe and equal access to humanitarian assistance. To achieve this, all groups must be consulted and actively participate in needs assessments and decision-making processes.

Understanding gender differences, inequalities, and capacities and responding to them, improves the effectiveness of our humanitarian actions. The IASC Sub-Working group on Gender and Humanitarian Action works to support the mainstreaming of gender equality programming in humanitarian action. On this page you will find resources to guide the design of more effective humanitarian response.

Resources and tools

Here are some of the key documents for gender equality programming in humanitarian action:

Gender Handbook in Humanitarian Action. The IASC Gender Handbook is a tool for clusters/sectors to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate its programmes with a gender lens. It is available  in ArabicChinese,EnglishFarsiFrenchRussian and Spanish.

Guidelines for Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings. The IASC GBV Guidelines is a field-friendly tool on how to set up a multi-sectoral GBV programme stressing the need for a coordinated approach. It is available in English, French and Spanish.

Report on Sex and Age Disaggregated Data (SADD). Good data aids decision making and programming; both crucial to our humanitarian enterprise. But if the data is not specific about the impact of our work on different groups of people, women, girls, boys, men, older people or disabled, it is difficult to know the specific needs of these people have been met. The report "Sex and Age Matter: Improving Humanitarian Response in Emergencies" shows us clearly that the humanitarian community has not invested enough in collecting and using sex and age disaggregated data to inform our programming. Find the new Report here, and the executive summary in French here.

IASC Gender GBV and PSEA Guidelines - a leaflet with brief overview of all IASC Gender, GBV and PSEA guidelines

ADAPT and ACT - Flyer on the Adapt and Act Framework for Gender Equality Programming in Humanitarian Action

Recent guidance notes on Gender and Resilience as well as Gender and Preparedness.

An article about the IASC Gender Marker "Improving Effectiveness of Humanitarian Actionhere  (June 2012).

IASC Gender RG

The IASC Gender Reference Group (RG) meets by teleconference every month (first Wednesday of the month). Its work is structured around an annual workplan and focuses on the implementation of a strategy which is reviewed yearly and revised as needed.

The current RG co-chairs are: UNHCR, UN Women, WRC and IFRC.

RG members: CARE, CCF, FAO, INEE, ICRC, IFRC, IMC, InterAction, IOM, IRC, NRC, OCHA, OHCHR, Office RSG/IDPs, OSAGI, OXFAM, UNDAW, UNDESA, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNISDR, UNMAS, WFP, WHO, and the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children.

This is the Gender RG's main page, where all relevant documents will be uploaded.

Gender Marker

The Gender Marker is a tool that measures whether or not a humanitarian project is designed well enough to ensure women/girls and men/boys will benefit equally or if it will advance gender equality. The Marker is a cooperative effort between the IASC Gender Reference Group and the Humanitarian Programme Cycle process. For general information on the gender marker, please consult the documents below.

Gender Marker Report 2011,  2012 and 2013.

2012 FAQ on the Gender Marker in English, French and Arabic. 

To access tools and guidance for implementing the Gender Marker, please go to the Gender Marker Page.