Gender Guidance for the Humanitarian Program Cycle 2018 - 2020

Delivering humanitarian response that meets the needs of women, girls, boys and men remains a priority for all UN Agencies and their partners. This guidance provides a checklist of essential actions for ensuring equitable participation and fair distribution of humanitarian action at each stage of the Humanitarian Program Cycle (HPC).

Attention to gender in humanitarian action is vital because crises have different impacts on different groups. Women, girls, boys and men all have different experiences, needs, abilities and priorities in a crisis. Good programming will identify and respond to for example:

  • Women’s reproductive role renders women more affected by the restricted access to basic services such as WASH, health and shelter especially given their care responsibilities to other household members including children, elderly, and the sick and injured.

  • Preexisting discriminatory norms expressed in biases in women’s legal rights around housing and land rights, family law, also translated in social practices such as early forced marriage and restricted mobility.

  • Significant gender gaps between Palestinian men and women in labor force participation and unemployment rates.

  • Young Palestinian males are most vulnerable to military or settler violence, while females are more vulnerable to domestic and social violence especially in heightened crises.

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