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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Ten principles can be followed to produce the sort of equal post-conflict settlement planning that can help to build communities that have a better basis of becoming peaceful and sustainable. These are:
Gender factors should be integrated in post-conflict settlement planning.
Post-conflict settlement planning should increase the safety and security of all groups.
Women grassroots organizations should be involved in post-conflict settlement planning.
Municipal authorities from eight cities around the world meet in Nairobi this week to learn about successful experiences in making cities a safer and a friendly place for all, with a special focus on women and children. The meeting is hosted by UN-Habitat, which together with UNICEF and UN Women lead the five-year programme "Safe and Friendly Cities for All," that aims at making women and children feel safer in local neighborhoods of eight pilot cities: Beirut, Lebanon; Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Manila, the Philippines; Marrakesh, Morocco; Nairobi, Kenya; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; San …
This evaluation assesses the achievements of the UN-HABITAT Women and Habitat Programme (WHP) and Gender Unit regarding women's empowerment and gender mainstreaming.
The lessons learned aim to enable the Gender Mainstreaming Unit and UN-HABITAT as a whole to improve gender mainstreaming in general and define tangible objectives and goals for gender mainstreaming, together with success criteria and practical gender-related outputs.