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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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17 Jan 2019 description

Key Figures
- 5,159: Total incidents January to November

November developments

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.

16 Jan 2019 description


Countries of asylum hosting refugees from the DRC have been generous in maintaining an open-door policy and in securing asylum to old and new population groups. Protracted displacement, however, continues to deplete already limited national and local resources. Existing camps and sites in asylum countries are overcrowded. Some 60,000 Congolese refugees have specific needs and problems, a significant proportion are children who are at risk or who require additional support.

15 Jan 2019 description


Asia-Pacific remains the world's most disaster-prone region and, in 2018, natural disasters once again affected millions of people. During the year the region experienced a number of sudden-onset disasters that prompted international responses, including Tropical Cyclone Gita in Tonga (February), a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea (February), Tropical Storm Son Tinh in Lao PDR (August), Cyclone Mangkhut in the Philippines (September) and a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province (October).

13 Jan 2019 description
report BBC Media Action

This research briefing shares findings from a qualitative study on perceptions of gender-based violence within the Rohingya refugee community in Bangladesh, and considers the implications for communicating on these issues.

Publication date: November 2018

Authors: Md. Arif Al Mamun, Nicola Bailey, Moiyedul Azam Koreshi and Fariha Rahman


12 Jan 2019 description

Stronger, coherent and gender responsive policies needed to reintegrate those returning from violent extremism

There is an even wider chasm between on-the-ground realities and global policies, where the fate of women and children is concerned. Programming must help them earn livelihoods, which can prevent them from being pressured into joining or rejoining extremist groups.

12 Jan 2019 description
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The present report covers the period from 13 March to 23 November 2018. The Panel has continued to monitor developments in Darfur and in the region in accordance with its mandate.

12 Jan 2019 description
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  1. At its 74th meeting, on 10 October 2018, the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict examined the second report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in South Sudan (S/2018/865), which was introduced by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. The Permanent Representative of South Sudan to the United Nations also addressed the Working Group.

11 Jan 2019 description
report Human Rights Watch

Downplays Role for Women in Talks with Taliban

Sarah Margon

After former Afghan President Hamid Karzai finished his remarks at the 2019 Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, a voice from the back of the room asked the very question on my mind: “How will you ensure the role of females in this process is one that's actionable?”

Karzai’s response was clear:

11 Jan 2019 description


  • The first draft of the Joint Response Plan (JRP) was presented by the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) and Sector coordinators to the Strategic Executive Group (SEG) and the Government of Bangladesh.

  • The construction of a Shetter/NFI Distribution Point in Camp 20 extension has been completed and is ready for the launch of Shelter's Phase III programme.

  • New Health Facilities in Camp 15 and Camp 18 provide essential health services to refugees and host communities.

10 Jan 2019 description

In Numbers

1,363 MT of food assistance distributed

US$ 833,000 in cash-based transfers

US$ 6 million net funding requirements for six months (December 2018 – May 2019) representing 64% of total needs

89,193 people assisted in December 2018

Situation Updates

10 Jan 2019 description
report IRIN

Irwin Loy
Asia Editor

BANGKOK, 9 January 2019

10 Jan 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action include clear commitments to advance gender equality in emergency preparedness, response, including early recovery

Gender equality is a human right, and mainstreaming a gender perspective in all UNICEF policies, programmes and operations in order to achieve gender equality forms an important aspect of UNICEF’s humanitarian responsibilities

08 Jan 2019 description

HERAT – A group of women leaders from across Afghanistan gathered in the western city of Herat to underscore the importance and need for greater involvement of women in building peace, preventing conflict and countering violent extremism.

More than 70 participants including government officials, parliamentarians and representatives of women organizations from six provinces of Baghlan, Herat, Jawzjan, Kapisa, Kunar and Laghman, came together to discuss and highlight women’s meaningful role in local peace building processes and initiatives.

03 Jan 2019 description

Gender considerations can critically influence smallholder farmers’ access and capacity to act on weather and climate information, as well as subsequent livelihood benefits. This paper reviews the existing knowledge base on gender equality challenges in climate services to assess these gender-based differences and identify promising pathways for making climate services more responsive to the needs of rural women.

02 Jan 2019 description

In continuation of the nationwide training of gender-based violence service providers in Gender Based Violence Information Management System (GBVIMS) rollout in Liberia, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has conducted a weeklong training for region three- Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties.

The training of the GBV service providers is intended to generate high quality and harmonized GBV incidents data across their respective programmes and minimize data duplication across Liberia.