Gender and Humanitarian Action

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There is increasing recognition that humanitarian crises affect people differently and that there is a need to ensure that the differing needs of men, women, boys and girls are met within humanitarian response. Humanitarian programmes have often neglected to see and address these differences and by doing so neglect to meet the needs of those most affected. Additionally, by failing to address gender, humanitarian responses risk inadvertently making the situation of those affected by crises even worse. Adopting a gender sensitive approach to humanitarian action is essential in ensuring that the differentiated needs of men, women, boys and girls are effectively met.

This e-learning course introduces staff members of (international) development agencies and NGOs to the relevance of gender to humanitarian programming. The course identifies why addressing gender matters in humanitarian response and will make participants familiar with key frameworks underpinning gender mainstreaming approaches. Participants will deepen their knowledge on tools used to ensure programming is gender responsive, such as gender analysis and the basic principles of ensuring equal participation of males and females. It will enable participants to take a close look at specific cluster responses through the use of case studies. One session will be dedicated to assessing responses to gender-based violence in humanitarian action. Participants will also be introduced to the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Gender with Age Marker, a key tool now being used in humanitarian action. The course will provide basic knowledge and skills on gender to staff of international humanitarian organisations, aiming to deepen their engagement on gender responsive programming .

Course objectives

In this e-learning course you will:

gain knowledge about:

  • the relevance of gender to humanitarian action;
  • specific programmatic and mainstreamed approaches to addressing gender-based violence (GBV) as part of humanitarian interventions;
  • UN measures to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse;
  • key concepts and policy frameworks relating to gender and humanitarian action; and
  • approaches used by the international humanitarian system to improve and promote engagement on gender by humanitarian actors.*Acquire skills in:*
  • applying a gender lens to a number of specific clusters; and
  • using tools to promote gender responsive programming.

Course format

This certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, discussion, weekly 60-minute (Zoom) live classroom sessions (on Thursday's from 14h00-15h00 UTC/GMT) with the course instructor and/or guests experts, a written assignment and quizzes, and is offered over a six-week period. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on critical reflection and peer-to-peer learning. Participants will do the required readings, prepare interim and final assignments and participate in group discussions. Case studies will be used to enable interactive learning and activities. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.

Course outline

Week 1. Gender and humanitarian action – key concepts, policy and legal framework and why gender matters
Week 2. Gender and humanitarian action – using tools: gender analysis, sex and age disaggregated data, participation and applying these to projects
Week 3. Assessing gender across selected clusters
Week 4. Gender-based violence and humanitarian action – specific and mainstreaming responses
Week 5. The IASC Gender with Age Marker (GAM)
Week 6. Applying the gender-sensitive approach

Fee information

Tuition fee for participants (covers all costs): € 345 (after 1 February 2022: € 405). Tuition for auditors: € 135 (after 1 February 2022: € 165). Payments can be made online with major credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal and bank transfer. Bulk rates are available. Payments are due upon registration.

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