Gender & shelter: Good programming guidelines

CARE has made a long-term commitment to strengthening gender equality and women’s voice in both emergency and development contexts. These guidelines aim to provide those involved in planning and managing emergency shelter preparedness, response, or construction activities or programmes, with clear and practical guidance on how to integrate gender in the shelter sector.

The guidelines combine information from existing key guidance and best practice literature and new “how to” information on effective gender integration in shelter captured from CARE’s work and beyond.

The guidelines have been published with support from the IHG Foundation.

  • Countries: Global
  • Published: November 2016

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