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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 provides cross-sectoral support to ensure the integration of gender aspects in humanitarian action with the following key focus areas:


GiHA WG convenes meetings of gender focal points from each ISCG sector to exchange information and address gender equality issues in the humanitarian action (needs, gaps, response efforts) of the sectors. In addition, the WG identifies opportunities for learning of good practices across sectors and regularly undertakes capacity development on gender-responsive humanitarian action, preparedness, resilience and recovery.

Technical Advice, Guidance and Capacity Development

GiHA WG supports and provides 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). It also promotes the use by the sectors of the IASC gender marker and provides support for its application. Likewise, the WG provides orientation and capacity development training, as needed, on gender in humanitarian action, preparedness, resilience and recovery.


GiHA WG prepares coordinated and harmonized strategic and analytical gender briefs, including recommendations, for the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), UN Resident Coordinator, the Strategic Executive Group (SEG), the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR) and the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (MoWCA) for their further use and advocacy as needed. It promotes commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment in humanitarian action by all humanitarian actors in the Rohingya Refugee crisis response, and accountability on gender equality results. It also supports local affected women’s group’s leadership and engagement in all aspects of response, including through engagement in local coordination structures and camp management and oversight committees.

Assessment, Analysis and Monitoring

GiHA WG ensures the incorporation of gender analysis into assessments and research, messaging and feedback mechanisms for each sector and across sectors including sex, age and disability disaggregated data. It supports in monitoring sectors’ progress on gender mainstreaming through use of gender indicators and the IASC gender marker, and promotes gender-equal community led monitoring and feedback mechanisms.

Information Sharing and Management

GiHA WG identifies and analyses important developments, including needs, gaps, constraints,  good practices and success stories in gender mainstreaming and raise at the GiHA WG meetings.
It currently meets biweekly to share information and issues of concern on gender -  these issues are then raised to the ISCG, the UN RC, and the UNCT Cox’s Bazar Task Force. The WG ensures linkages and information sharing with other established coordination mechanisms for Rohingya Refugee humanitarian response. It also shares 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

The Gender in Humanitarian Action (GiHA) Working Group:

GiHA WG is co-Chaired by UN Women and UNHCR with the technical support of Senior GenCap Advisor. Co-chairs and GENCAP are maintaining the secretariat role of GiHA WG with support from a ISCG National Reports Officer. The membership of the WG consists of the main and alternate gender focal points from each sector, as well as additional gender advocates, experts and resource persons from select agencies/organisations, as standing members. The standing members work together in the development and implementation of the GiHA WG work plan.The WG is open to all observers for overall information-sharing, learning and exchange of ideas and lessons learned. It has an annual work plan that is reviewed every six months and adapted/adjusted as required. The WG works closely with all sectors, especially the Protection Sector (and GBV and Child Protection Sub sectors), to link approaches that can achieve shared aims. It also harmonizes its annual work plan with the Protection sector and sub sectors specifically to ensure complementarity of action and avoid duplication, and provides regular feedback on key issues raised to the ISCG through the co-chairs and Senior GenCap Advisor. It liaises regularly with the National GiHA WG, led by the Department of Women Affairs (DoWA) and UN Women, as well as the Asia-Pacific Regional GiHA WG, led by UN Women, OCHA and Asia Disaster Preparedness Centre.


Simon Opolot
Inter Sector Coordination Group - Bangladesh (ISCG)
Senior GenCap Advisor
+880 1847-182498 (Landline)
Flora Macula
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN)
+880 1711-408222 (Mobile)
Rehema Miiro
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Protection officer - GBV
+880 1847-327253 (Mobile)

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