OCHA Gender Tool Kit

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 31 Dec 2012

OCHA endorse new Gender Equality Policy

In December 2012 OCHA endorsed a new Gender Equality Policy - A people-centred approach. The purpose of the policy is to strengthen the way OCHA responds to humanitarian crises by ensuring awareness of the different needs, capacities and voices of all affected population groups. These groups include women, girls, boys and men of all ages, people with disabilities, and other diversity characteristics such as ethnicity and religion. The end result of a people-centred approach is to ensure targeted actions are taken to address these needs and make humanitarian action more effective.

OCHA committed itself to implementing even Minimum Gender Commitments

OCHA staff will:

  • Apply the ADAPT and ACT C Framework in all programming areas, ensuring, at a minimum, the following three elements are addressed, as they are fundamental to an effective humanitarian response:

Routine analysis of gender concerns to inform humanitarian programming and policy processes.

Regular and timely collection and analysis of sex- and age-disaggregated data.

Support to coordination of gender programming in the response.

  • Integrate gender issues into preparedness and resilience processes from data collection, assessments, planning and capacity-building for national partners.

  • Support the application of the IASC Gender Marker into OCHA-managed appeals and funding mechanisms.

  • Ensure that monitoring and evaluation mechanisms can ascertain if the different needs of women, girls, boys and men have been met in the humanitarian response.

  • Develop communication and advocacy products that capture the different needs, capacities and voices of women, girls, boys and men.

  • Provide support to humanitarian country leadership, including cluster leads, to effectively integrate gender within humanitarian programming.

  • Put in place necessary actions to protect women, girls, boys and men from all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse by OCHA staff, in line with the Secretary-General’s bulletin on protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (ST/SGB/2003/13).

To assist staff in undertaking mainstreaming of gender into all of OCHA's core areas of work, a Gender ToolKit has been developed. The Toolkit is designed to provide practical guidance to OCHA staff to effectively integrate gender into their day-to-day activities.

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