Despite a number of developments in policy and practice aimed at integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment into humanitarian action, what remains missing is a strong evidence base that demonstrates just how gender equality programming is essential to ensuring an effective, inclusive, rights-based humanitarian response.
To address this gap, UN Women—on behalf of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference Group on Gender in Humanitarian Action and with co-funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada—in 2013 commissioned the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex to undertake a research study, titled “The Effect of Gender Equality Programming on Humanitarian Outcomes”. Its aim was to assess whether or not such programming has improved humanitarian outcomes and, if so, why.
This report presents the findings of this research, based on interviews with more than 2,000 crisis-affected households gathered for four case studies conducted in Kenya (the Dadaab refugee camps and the county of Turkana), Nepal and The Philippines. Drawing on both the qualitative and quantitative data collected, researchers were able to develop a unique new methodology for assessing the degree to which gender equality and women's empowerment has been integrated into humanitarian programmes, using inputs from the beneficiaries themselves.
The report presents overall findings, draws comparative conclusions across the four case studies and discusses practical recommendations for integrating gender equality programming in future humanitarian interventions in ways that strengthen effectiveness and inclusiveness.
Contribution from the IASC Task Team on Accountability to Affected Populations and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse to the World Humanitarian Summit process.
The consultation process leading to the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 provides an important opportunity to hear the views of people and communities affected by humanitarian crises. Their voices should serve as a principle driver for discussions under each of the four themes of the Summit.
Report and Recommendations from March 11, 2015 UN Women, to the World Humanitarian Summit
Secretariat and Care International Workshop in the margins of CSW 59 on Gender Equality, Women’s Empowerment and the World Humanitarian Summit
Introduction: Nearly 30 women civil society activists with expertise in conflicts, natural disasters, and violence from South Sudan to Afghanistan to Colombia gathered at UN Women during the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The purpose of the workshop was for the participants to share their experience of challenges, good practice, and emerging ideas. This was in order to develop practical recommendations on how to advance the fulfilment of commitments to gender equality, women’s empowerment, and women’s rights in humanitarian action to feed into the consultation process for the World Humanitarian Summit.