The IASC Gender with Age Marker is being rolled-out successfully in various countries.
Following its endorsement on March 9, 2018, the IASC Gender with Age Marker (GAM) has started its roll-out in various locations.
The GAM Leader workshop, a three days training of Gender Advisor accompanied by counterparts from six countries, was first organized in Nairobi, Kenya. The 25 participants learned how to use confidently the tool to become themselves Ambassadors of the GAM in each country.
Trainings were given to Gender Focal Points and Clusters leads in Maroua, Cameroon. Participants had an in-depth explanation of the GAM and were encouraged to use the tool until they become confident with it. A second part of the session was dedicated to share thoughts about the promotion and advocacy around the GAM.
“Participants were satisfied to learn how to use a tool that integrates gender, age, diversity and makes sure that no one is left behind” said Nicoletta Ngambi, Gender and Humanitarian Expert at UN Women, who took part herself to the GAM Leader training in Nairobi, from 26 February to 2nd March.
At the end of March, Gender experts, such as Nicoletta, trained other Gender focal points and Clusters Leads in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Participants were satisfied to learn how to use a tool that integrates gender, age, diversity and makes sure that no one is left behind
In Yemen, 115 participants from INGOs, UN Humanitarian Pooled Fund partners, and sub-national coordinators beneficiated from a Gender with Age Marker training.
“Participants showed so much receptiveness and enthusiasm” explains Sara Ahmed, Gender Advisor at UNOCHA Yemen. “They viewed the GAM as an effective tool for designing projects and programs and their perspective changed on having gender as a donor requirement”.
In the Philippines, Senior Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Gender Advisor, Indai Sajor, concluded a Gender with Age Marker session in Manila organized by OCHA Philippines on April 26. The session was opened by OCHA Country Director Mark Bidder.Thirty two (32) participants from GIHA CoP, Information Management Working Group, Humanitarian Communications Group, Community Engagement CoP, Cash Working Group, Women in Emergencies Network and the Red Cross and Red Crescent, ICCG leads attended the session.
The IASC Gender with Age Marker looks at the extent to which essential programming actions address gender- and age-related differences in humanitarian response. It was developed in response to requests to strengthen the original IASC Gender Marker by including age and, most significantly, by adding a monitoring component. In addition to providing an expanded tool to measure programme effectiveness, it is a valuable teaching and self-monitoring tool, allowing agencies and partners to learn by doing in the process of enhancing effective programming that is responsive to all aspects of diversity.