Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action

Girls, boys, women and men experience humanitarian crises in different ways. When their distinct needs are not taken into account, humanitarian assistance may fail to reach the most vulnerable and, in some cases, may actually lead to further harm. At the same time responding to and recovering from humanitarian crises may create new opportunities for gender equality.

The CCCs commit UNICEF to analysing the distinct needs and priorities of crisis-affected girls, boys, women and men, and to use this evidence-base to plan and implement a rights-based humanitarian response. Gender equality programming approaches are critical to realizing the CCCs and should be applied across the spectrum UNICEF's humanitarian action. This helps ensure that humanitarian response is evidence-based, that services are designed in a culturally relevant manner, and that protection considerations including gender-based violence are factored into the design of programmes. It also promotes sustainability by highlighting opportunities and resources within the affected community, and by engaging their participation including in preparedness and early recovery.

Gender equality is a non-negotiable principle and a core element of UNICEF's mandate, and is also part of strategic and effective project design. When applied in a systemic manner, it can contribute to strengthening equity in emergencies, and to improving humanitarian outcomes.


Sectoral Guidance

  • Education
  • Child Protection
  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • WASH


Child Protection





Additional Resources


Cluster Resources

Humanitarian Financing - Gender Marker

Other Resources (external websites)

Cash in Emergencies

DRR and Emergency Preparedness

  • TBC

Gender Analysis

Gender Coordination in Emergencies

Gender Sensitive Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis

Gender Marker


Terms of Reference - Gender Advisors