Ways forward on gender and women’s participation in humanitarian action

This policy paper summarises recommendations from CARE International on gender and women’s participation in humanitarian action. The paper outlines ideas and options for ways forward of relevance to several current policy processes.

  • G7 Whistler Declaration on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls in Humanitarian Action
  • The Grand Bargain
  • Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) discussions on a new IASC Gender Accountability Framework
  • Follow-up to the DFID-hosted ‘Putting people first: tackling sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and sexual harassment in the aid sector’ Summit
  • Bilateral donor efforts to integrate gender into their humanitarian policy and practice
  • Countries: Global
  • Published: November 2018

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