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Gender handbook for humanitarian action
This publication is a revised version of Women, girls, boys and men. Different needs — equal opportunities: Gender handbook in humanitarian action published in 2006. 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 is adequately integrated into humanitarian planning and programming.
This handbook sets out the rationale for integrating gender equality into humanitarian action and provides practical guidance for doing so across sectors. The main objective is to support humanitarian actors in reaching all people affected by crisis by:
- Ensuring that the specific needs, capacities and priorities of women, girls, men and boys are identified and that assistance targets the persons and groups most in need;
- Informing women, girls, men and boys of their entitlements and available resources and engaging their participation and women’s leadership in programme design; and
- Monitoring and evaluating the impact of our programmes and strategies on those we assist, including identifying and dismantling barriers and discrimination, including by promoting and enabling women’s leadership at the community level and in other decision-making processes.