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Understanding how crises affect women and men, girls and boys of different ages and disparities is critical to effective humanitarian preparedness and response. Women, girls, boys and men have distinct needs, priorities, responsibilities, limitations and protection needs. They are exposed to differential risks and vulnerabilities but also play unique and important roles in preparedness and in responding to emergencies, conflicts and building peace within their respective communities. Gender equality in humanitarian action is about better targeting and programming and therefore about effectiveness of humanitarian action reaching all segments of the affected population.

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16 Jan 2019 description


  • $190 million reduction in the 2019 humanitarian appeal to maximize the impact of limited funding in increasingly restrictive environment.

  • Almost one quarter of INGOs surveyed in late 2018 reported deligitimization forcing them to change or halt programmes.

  • Over 1,800 women and girls injured at the Gaza demonstrations can face more severe consequences than male counterparts.

17 Dec 2018 description

2019 Humanitarian Response Plan for the occupied Palestinian territory targets rising needs amidst new challenges

Joint Press Release, Ramallah, 17 December 2018

Today, the Minister of Social Development of the State of Palestine, H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Al-Shaer, and the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, launched the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2019 in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

12 Aug 2018 description


Canada today announced over $50 million in new support to address the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable Palestinians. This support includes several humanitarian initiatives aimed at responding to the most pressing humanitarian needs, and four new development projects that foster economic growth that works for everyone.

01 Jul 2018 description

UNRWA has finalized an e-learning course for staff on gender-based violence risk mitigation in emergencies. The course is one of the products developed under the Building Safty project. It will be launched in the coming months and will be available in Arabic and English.

23 Jun 2018 description

UNRWA is completing phase 1 of the Building Saftey project which aims to mainstream gender-based violence interventions in emergency preparedness, prevention and response. UNRWA will continue moving forward with phase 2 of the project to operationalize the products developed in phase 1 and strengthen communities' self-protection capacities.

26 Apr 2018 description

UNRWA has started the roll-out of a GBV Training Package on Enhancing understanding of Gender-based Violence as part of the Building Safety phase 1 project. Four Trainings of Trainers ( ToTs ) are expected to take place in April and May 2018 in Lebanon, West Bank, Gaza, and Jordan.


30 Mar 2018 description
report Gisha

The impact of the closure on women in Gaza

March 8, 2018. To mark International Women’s Day, Gisha has released a new publication on the impact of the closure on women in Gaza.

26 Mar 2018 description

UNRWA has submitted inputs for the first reporting of the Call to Action on the Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies ( Call to Action). The Call to Action is a multi-stakeholder initiative that aims at transforming the way gender-based violence is addressed in humanitarian emergencies. The Agency joined the Call to Action in February 2017.

17 Mar 2018 description

In a context of protracted displacement and acute emergencies, Palestine refugee women and girls are also affected by occupation, blockade and conflict. Their situation is frequently made worse by persistent legal and social discrimination. UNRWA is strongly committed to gender equality through the provision of its services and management practices. While remaining committed to this principled approach, the achievements of recent years are at risk if UNRWA is unable to fill its funding gap.

23 Feb 2018 description
report UN Women


To have a closer look at the reality of GBV services, UN Women has commissioned the development of this study as an attempt to assess the achievements, continuing obstacles and gaps among the community of service providers in Gaza.

08 Feb 2018 description


● UNRWA is facing an unprecedented financial crisis, risking the agency’s ability to deliver urgent humanitarian assistance in the oPt, including to almost one million people in the Gaza Strip.

● Electricity outages of up to 16 hours a day, continue to undermine the provision of basic services in the Gaza Strip, despite an increase in electricity supply from Israel.

25 Jan 2018 description


1.1 Background and Aims

The relationships between women and men and girls and boys, have traditionally been unequal and characterized by a differentiation of roles, affecting and influencing all areas and spheres of life.

Gender relations are often dictated by unequal power dynamics that assign particular roles, determine access to decision making and access to/control over resources.

02 Nov 2017 description
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You can find the Arabic version of this blog here

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) has always thrived to amplify women’s voices and bring their experiences to human rights bodies and the international fora.

12 Oct 2017 description

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).

06 Sep 2017 description
report RESET

How do you set about mending the destruction caused by years of conflict and rebuilding your home, neighbourhood or city, when political instability make it impossible to get hold of the necessary resources? Two Gazan women set about doing just that, and have come up with a durable and affordable building block made out of waste materials: Greencake.