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Gender equality and programming

During a humanitarian crisis, the needs of girls, women, boys, men and other vulnerable grouare different and distinct. Ensuring a gender analysis in the response means planning and implementing action which addresses the specific needs of various groups in the affected communities.

Gender is an OCHA corporate priority and OCHA seeks to implement the 2016 to 2020 Gender Equality Policy and the Gender Tool Kit.

Efforts are underway to create a stronger gender focal point system to support a deeper understanding of gender equality in humanitarian action and working in close cooperation with the OCHA Gender Advisor.

OCHA also works with the humanitarian community to strengthen the capacity to mainstream gender. It does this by facilitating the development of gender standards in the form of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Gender Handbook and development of the IASC gender e-learning course.

In the Philippines, OCHA works with humanitarian partners to ensure that gender is mainstreamed in emergency response planning and response preparedness activities including needs assessments, contingency planning and the collection of sex and age disaggregated information.

OCHA works to support the Government and partners through the following activities:

  • Maintain a Gender Community of Practice including local NGOs, the private sector, civil society and national government agencies.
  • Develop a national gender surge roster in collaboration with national partners and GiHA CoP to ensure gender analysis is integrated in emergency programming.
  • Bridge gender in humanitarian and development assistance through the Official Development Assistance – Gender and Development Network.
  • Build the capacity of local authorities and partners on gender in humanitarian action.
  • Develop reference guide and checklist to advocate to national and local government and partners in mainstreaming gender equality programming in humanitarian action.