IASC Reference Group on Gender and Humanitarian Action

IASC Reference Group on Gender and Humanitarian Action

IASC Reference Group on Gender and Humanitarian Action

Since December 2006, the IASC Reference Group on Gender in Humanitarian Action (Gender Reference Group/Gender RG/GRG) has supported the integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the humanitarian action system coordinated by the IASC.

The Gender Reference Group (Gender RG), which brings together representatives from UN Agencies, NGOs, Donors, Member States and NGO consortia, meets on a monthly basis and its work is structured around an annual work plan. The Gender RG has the following main objectives for its work in 2015:

  1. LEADERSHIP: provide guidance and support, wherever feasible, to all bodies and structures of the IASC to be able to incorporate gender equality into relevant aspects of their work.
  2. ACCOUNTABILITY TO GENDER EQUALITY: support and champion the IASC’s commitment to work in an inter-agency fashion towards the goal of gender equality in all aspects of humanitarian action.
  3. COORDINATION & KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT: Ensure the humanitarian community is consistently provided with timely and practical information, tools and resources to meet its commitments to gender-equality programming in humanitarian action.

As of August 2015, the Gender RG is co-chaired by UN Women and Women’s Refugee Commission in New York and the World Food Programme in Rome.

The main internet platform of the Gender RG can be found here. This platform provides up-to-date information on the work of the GRG and relevant resources related to gender in humanitarian action. For further information please contact the GRG Secretariat: grg.secretariat@unwomen.org

Upcoming Meetings

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