IASC Gender Handbook for Humanitarian Action, 2018

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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. The revised version is a concise guide built upon lessons learned by the humanitarian community and reflects the main challenges faced in ensuring that gender equality and women’s empowerment are mainstreamed throughout the assessment, planning, resource mobilization, implementation and monitoring stages of the humanitarian programme cycle.

The Gender Reference Group and UN Women, are pleased to announce the launch of an online version of the updated IASC Gender Handbook for Humanitarian Action. The platform contains practical information, case studies, and sector-by-sector guidance on mainstreaming and integrating gender aspects across all stages of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle. The site is fully navigable, and inclusive of cross references, footnotes, annexes and glossary definitions.  It is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

The review of the handbook was undertaken by the IASC Gender Reference Group in 2016. It was endorsed by the IASC to meet collective commitments on gender equality in humanitarian action and it promises to be a powerful tool for all actors engaged in the advancement of gender equality in humanitarian action. 

An online, fully navigable and searchable version of the handbook in Arabic, English, French and Spanish is available at www.gihahandbook.org