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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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07 Dec 2018 description


  • IOM is organising activities for the 16-day of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

  • 10M commenced the treatment of bamboo with a pilot facility in Nhila.

  • Regular monitoring and maintenance of solar lights continues across all camps. Additional locations were identified to continue the installation.

  • This month, a total of 3,723 Rohingya households have received LPG sets (cylinder, one plate cook stove, regulator and hose).

04 Dec 2018 description
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Global trends and challenges

More than 1 per cent of people across the planet right now are caught up in major humanitarian crises. The international humanitarian system is more effective than ever at meeting their needs – but global trends including poverty, population growth and climate change are leaving more people than ever vulnerable to the devastating impacts of conflicts and disasters.

30 Oct 2018 description

Final Report for Reference (along with the Gender Profile No.2) by Sectors and Humanitarian Actors in Rohingya Refugee Response


The Inter-Sector Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group (GiHA WG) under the InterSector Coordination Group (ISCG). GiHA WG is Co-Chaired by UN Women and UNHCR with Technical Support from Inter-Agency GENCAP.

23 May 2018 description

The GenCap Project, established in 2007 under the auspices of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, in partnership with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), aims to strengthen the capacity of humanitarians to undertake gender equality programming in humanitarian action. The IASC Gender Marker is the key tool used by the humanitarian community to assess how gender is incorporated in humanitarian projects.

01 Apr 2018 description

Developed by the Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group co-chaired by UN Women and UNHCR

Why is inclusion of gender equality important for disaster preparedness activities?

• Natural disasters do not affect everyone in the same way. Pre-existing societal structures, customs and gender roles create or contribute to heightened risks for some members of the community—such as women, children, persons with disabilities, LGTBIQ persons, and others.

23 Jan 2018 description

Jan 16, 2018


For too long, nongovernmental organizations, global-governance institutions such as the United Nations, and others in the international community have failed to eliminate the culture of impunity surrounding sexual abuse and harassment. But that is now changing as the UN steps up its efforts to prevent and punish violations at all levels.

15 Jan 2018 description

This report is produced by ISCG in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers 31 December until 11 January 2018. The next full situation report will be issued on 28 January 2018.


  • 655,500 new arrivals (Since 25th August) have beenreported as of 14 January (IOM Needs and Population Monitoring and UNHCR Family Counting).

  • The number of arrivals is holding steady with no significant influx over the past several weeks.

29 Dec 2017 description
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The IASC Gender Handbook for Humanitarian Action provides practical guidance for humanitarian workers to mainstream gender equality into humanitarian action across sectors. It also aims to place protection at the centre of humanitarian action, with an age, gender and diversity approach as the core element of fair and equal protection. In practical terms, this means identifying the distinct protection risks of women, men, boys, girls and LGBTI persons due to gender roles, throughout all stages of the crisis.

13 Dec 2017 description


World Humanitarian Data and Trends presents global and country-level data-and-trend analysis about humanitarian crises and assistance. Its purpose is to consolidate this information and present it in an accessible way, providing policymakers, researchers and humanitarian practitioners with an evidence base to support humanitarian policy decisions and provide context for operational decisions.
The information presented covers two main areas: humanitarian needs and assistance in 2016, and humanitarian trends, challenges and opportunities.

28 Nov 2017 description

GENEVA (28 November 2017) – A group of UN experts tasked with monitoring a global treaty on discrimination against women has requested an exceptional report from the Government of Myanmar on the situation of Rohingya women and girls from northern Rakhine State.

17 Oct 2017 description
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In today’s world, gaps in wealth have grown shockingly wide. Billions of people linger at the bottom, denied their human rights and prospects for a better life. At the top, resources and privileges accrue at explosive rates, pushing the world ever further from the vision of equality embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

20 Sep 2017 description

his report takes its inspiration from the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child initiative, which calls for countries to do everything possible to protect the lives and futures of all women, children and adolescents. It follows the approach used for the

State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 report, but focuses on 21 of the 23 countries in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) East and Southern Africa region.

04 Sep 2017 description
report BioMed Central

By Kristen Beek, Angela Dawson and Anna Whelan

Conflict and Health 2017 11:16 | | © The Author(s). 2017 | Received: 15 December 2016 | Accepted: 4 July 2017 | Published: 1 September 2017


23 Jun 2017 description
report Oxfam


This final evaluation report reviews the project ‘Institutionalizing Gender in Emergencies: Bridging Policy and Practice in the Humanitarian System’, which was funded by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations – Enhanced Response Capacity fund (ECHO-ERC) and implemented by Oxfam in Pakistan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Dominican Republic between September 2015 and March 2017.

31 May 2017 description

This gender analysis was conducted to assess the gender dimensions of the Basic Needs Sector and the challenges that Syrian refugees have encountered in Jordan. Refugee population demographics were analyzed together with refugee community practices, cultural and social roles and responsibilities for females and males.

31 May 2017 description

Executive Summary

The protracted Syria Crisis, now nearing the end of its sixth year, has forced millions of Syrians to seek refuge in the neighboring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and beyond. Since 2011, approximately 659,828 Syrians (as of May 2017) are living in Jordan, placing further strains on Jordan’s already fragile economy and public services.

16 Mar 2017 description
report Oxfam

Institutionalizing Gender in Emergencies: Bridging Policy and Practice in the Humanitarian System