IASC Policy Statement for the Integration of a Gender Perspective in Humanitarian Assistance, 1999

Published Date

Complex emergencies and natural disasters have a differentiated impact on men and women which often affect their realization of rights. In complex emergencies, men account for the largest number of combatants while women and children comprise the largest section of civilians affected by conflict. Well-documented field practice has shown that gender-sensitive humanitarian assistance can help mitigate the different and negative effects of complex emergencies and natural disasters on men and women and have a greater impact for positive change in gender roles.

The IASC have committed to:

1)     Formulate specific strategies for ensuring that gender issues are brought into the mainstream of activities within the IASC areas of responsibility

2)     Ensure data is disaggregated by sex and age and that a gender perspective is included in analysis of information

3)     Develop capacity for systematic gender mainstreaming in programmes, policies, actions, and training

4)     Ensure reporting and accountability mechanisms for activities and results in gender mainstreaming within the UN and partners, such as incentives, performance evaluations, budget allocation analysis and actions for redressing staff imbalance