The Humanitarian Coordination Team in Nigeria endorse the Gender with Age Marker, 27 June 2018
The IASC Gender with Age Marker launched to monitor humanitarian action, 21 June 2018
On 21st June, the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Gender with Age Marker was launched at the ECOSOC high-level event “A Collective Effort to Leave No One Behind: Strengthening Gender Equality Programming in Humanitarian Action”. The event included European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), UN Women, OCHA, The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), the Permanent Mission of United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, GenCap and Keep Project Liberia.
Now more than ever, it is critical to ensure that humanitarian projects, programming and assistance are gender responsive. Globally, more than 130 million people are affected by humanitarian crises and need lifesaving assistance. While conflict remains the main driver of humanitarian needs, natural disasters also exact a massive toll on people’s lives, dignity and well-being.
Significant progress has been made in mainstreaming gender in humanitarian action, enhancing the humanitarian community’s ability to address needs, risks and vulnerabilities of women, girls, men and boys. However, challenges remain in systematically integrating gender in all stages of humanitarian response.
“In some corners of humanitarian response, gender equality programming is still considered an extra, or even a burden” said Assistant Secretary-General, Ursula Mueller at the event “Gender inequality in humanitarian action—whether in service provision, protection, decision-making or any other area—is not an option”.
The IASC Gender with Age Marker was created in response to this and other issues prioritized in humanitarian forums over the past three years. The GAM looks at the extent to which essential programming actions address gender- and age-related differences in both the design and implementation of humanitarian programs. It also assesses program relevance and coherence, important commitments of the WHS and Grand Bargain. “For the first time, we have a tool that provides an automatic and objective calculation of the quality of humanitarian programming. It is very much a prototype in what it measures, and in the simple guidance it provides” explained Deborah Clifton, IASC Senior Gender Adviser.
The Gender with Age Marker was piloted for three years in 10 countries to very positive response, prior to its global roll out for the 2019 humanitarian planning cycle. It will also be available in French, Spanish, and English.
The IASC Gender with Age Marker is being rolled-out successfully in various countries, 4 April 2018
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.