2. WHAT is gender integration in an emergency response?

‘Gender integration’ simply means taking into account the differences, experiences, and inequalities between men and women, boys and girls in everything we do. This supports more effective programming by delivering a response that adapts to the needs of the population, and that also contributes to greater social equality.

Integrating gender requires thinking about gender from the very start of an emergency response—and even before—as a part of preparedness. This involves a small number of simple steps that can help us to understand the population, and to respond accordingly.