Launch event of the IASC Gender Handbook for Humanitarian Action

Published Date

Message from the IASC Gender in Humanitarian Action Reference


Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the launch event of the IASC Gender Handbook for Humanitarian Action, co-hosted by the Interagency Standing Committee (IASC), ECHO, and UN Women on behalf of the IASC Gender Reference Group, on the 17th April (1.30pm)  in Room XI of the Palais des Nations in Geneva. 

Updating the original 2006 handbook, the new version reflects current humanitarian coordination mechanisms and the recent commitment gains towards gender in humanitarian action developed at international fora such as the World Humanitarian Summit, the Grand Bargain and the Sendai Framework Agreement. 

Developed through a highly consultative process both at the global and field level, the handbook is designed to offer pragmatic guidance on how to integrate gender across all phases of the humanitarian programme cycle. Enriched by inputs from global clusters, other UN agencies, and field level consultations in Colombia, South Sudan, Jordan, Nepal, Ethiopia and Afghanistan, the handbook promises to be a powerful tool for all actors engaged in the advancement of gender equality in humanitarian action.

We look forward to seeing you at this event which marks a significant milestone in the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in humanitarian action.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could register your attendance via the following link:      


Best regards,

Jina and Caroline

Co-chairs of the IASC Gender in Humanitarian Action Reference Group