IASC, Policy Statement Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action, 2008

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This policy statement sets out actions for IASC coordination bodies to ensure gender equality in all IASC work towards more effective and coherent humanitarian action. The policy statement builds on the IASC 1999 “Policy Statement for the Integration of a Gender Perspective in Humanitarian Assistance”.The policy statement also sets out the responsibilities of the Humanitarian Country Team. It describes specific actions each body or effort of the IASC community should take to ensure that gender equality is fully mainstreamed into humanitarian programmes. It calls on members of the IASC community to work in an inter-agency fashion towards the goal of gender equality in all aspects of humanitarian response. It also urges individual members to strengthen their own actions to ensure that the human rights of women, girls, boys and men are equally promoted and protected as their different needs and responsibilities addressed.