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About GiHA Working Group

The Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group (GiHA WG) for the Rohingya Refugee crisis response in Cox’s Bazar will provide cross-sectoral and inter-organisational support to ensure the integration of gender aspects in humanitarian action with the following key focus areas:


Convene meetings of gender focal points, advisers and advocates from each ISCG sector and key organisations to exchange information and address gender equality issues in the humanitarian actions (needs, gaps, response efforts) of the sectors.

Identify opportunities for learning of good practices across sectors and organisations regularly undertake capacity development on gender-responsive humanitarian action, preparedness, resilience and recovery.

Include local women’s rights organisations and networks and local gender equality actors in the GiHA WG to promote their influence and engagement in all aspects of response, including through engagement in ISCG coordination structures and camp management and oversight committees.

Strengthen networks/linkages between Gender Advocates.

Convene task force on women’s leadership and implement key agreed joint activities

Technical Advice, Guidance and Capacity Development with Support from the Gender Hub

Liaise with the Gender Hub for the provision of support and provide technical guidance, including through the use of available tools, based on the IASC (2006) Gender in Humanitarian Action Handbook, for the integration of gender dimensions into sectors’ work and cross-sector joint actions (policies, guidelines, tools, advocacy, briefs, assessments, planning, resource mobilization efforts, financing, programming, monitoring, preparedness and recovery actions).

Support the Gender Hub to promote the use by the sectors of the IASC gender with age marker and provide support for its application.

Liaise with the Gender Hub in the provision of orientation and capacity development trainings, as needed, on gender in humanitarian action, preparedness, resilience and recovery.

Liaise with Gender Hub for the sharing of lessons learned and good practices on gender equality and women’s empowerment programming and initiatives


Liaise with the Gender Hub in the preparation of coordinated and harmonized strategic and analytical gender briefs, including recommendations, for the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), UN Resident Coordinator, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR) and Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (MoWCA) for their further use and advocacy as needed.

Promote ISCG sectors and organizations’ commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment in humanitarian action by all humanitarian actors in the Rohingya Refugee crisis response.

Support the Gender Hub to promote accountability on gender equality results.

Organise joint GiHA WG advocacy campaigns and events e.g. 16 days of activism against GBV, International Women’s Day, World Refugee Day, etc.

Take other advocacy actions as per Gender Hub requests and advice

Assessment, Analysis and Monitoring

Provide inputs to Gender Hub led gender analysis and gender-responsive assessments and research, messaging and feedback mechanisms for each sector and across sectors including sex, age and disability disaggregated data.

Conduct joint GiHA WG field monitoring in camps and host communities to measure sectors’ progress on gender mainstreaming through use of gender indicators and the IASC gender with age marker, and feed findings and recommendations back to the Gender Hub, Sectors and the ISCG.

Promote gender-equal community led monitoring and feedback mechanisms.

Organize joint campaigns on international days, women’s days, etc.

Information Sharing and Management

Identify and analyse important developments, including needs, gaps, good practices and success stories in gender mainstreaming and raise at the GiHA WG meetings.

Routinely meet, share information and issues of concern on gender - these issues can then be raised with the ISCG, SEG, and the UNCT Cox’s Bazar Task Force in conjunction with the Gender Hub.

Ensure linkages and information sharing with other established coordination mechanisms for Rohingya Refugee humanitarian joint response.

Share lessons learned and good practices on gender responsive programmes, including through provision of platforms and events for local affected women to participate in these dialogues through local coordination structures.

Modes of Operation

GiHA WG is co-Chaired by UN Women and UNHCR. Based on self-nomination, open to national NGOs and CSOs known to be strong advocates of gender mainstreaming/equality, a third Co-Chair will be voted in by the GiHA WG’s standing members based on consensus. UN Women will maintain the secretariat role of GiHA WG.

Will consist of the main and alternative (2) gender focal points from each sector, nominated by each sector, as well as additional gender advocates, experts and resource persons from select agencies/organisations, as standing members. The standing members will work together in the development and implementation of the GiHA WG work plan. The GiHA WG is open to all observers for overall information-sharing, learning and exchange of ideas and lessons learned. GiHA WG has an annual work plan that will be reviewed every six months and adapted/adjusted as required. Shall work closely with all sectors, especially the Protection Sector (and GBV and Child Protection Sub sectors), to link approaches that can achieve shared aims. The GIHAWG Will harmonize its annual work plan with the Protection sector and sub sectors specifically to ensure complementarity of action and avoid duplication.Will provide regular feedback on key issues raised to the ISCG through the co-chairs and Gender Hub. Will liaise regularly with the National GiHA WG, led by the Department of Women’s Affairs and UN Women, as well as the Asia-Pacific Regional GiHA WG, led by UN Women, OCHA and Oxfam. Will review and revise its ToRs, including membership and modes of operation, on an annual basis, or as required, taking into account evolving programming across the humanitarian spectrum. Liaise and coordinate with the Gender Hub as required.

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