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 quarterly basis and its work is structured around an annual work plan. The Gender RG has the following main objectives for its work:
- Guidance on and Accountability to Gender Equality - Develop, test and roll out tools for use by the humanitarian community to integrate gender into policies and programming and create accountability mechanisms for monitoring compliance.
- Engagement and Knowledge Management - Provide the humanitarian community with timely and practical information to help meet its commitments to gender equality.
- Coordination and Leadership - Actively engage and coordinate with all bodies and structures of the IASC to ensure that they incorporate gender equality into relevant aspects of their work in a manner complementing efforts by counterparts.
As of February 2020, the Gender RG is co-chaired by OCHA and Oxfam and its membership is composed of the following:
- Core Members: OCHA, UNHCR, IMC, NRC, UNFPA, Oxfam, WRC, UN Women, UNICEF, CARE International, WFP, HIAS, ACF, World Vision, Action Aid, Plan International, Save the Children and IRC.
- Associate Members: HelpAge, WHO, UNDP, Concern and Development Initiatives.
Following the widely welcomed development and IASC endorsement of its Gender in Humanitarian Action Handbook in English, Arabic, French and Spanish, the now go to resource for GiHA integrated coordinated humanitarian action, the Reference Group have capitalised on its success in a range of ways:
- Over 6,000 copies of handbook distributed to 82 different agencies in 46 different countries.
- Development of comprehensive face-to-face and ToT training modules to support uptake of handbook.
- Face to face training and ToT conducted with ECHO funds in 4 countries (Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and Malawi) to over 100 individuals in 42 different agencies.
- Follow up additional trainings conducted using the developed training modules in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Cameroon, and Nigeria to over 200 individuals.
- Same training provided to UN Women’s Rapid Deployment Roster and UNW’s ECA, AS and WCA ROs
- Elearning platform developed and hosted by UNW’s SD Learning Centre Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action eLearning – to date accessed by 250 individuals.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org