4. HOW to integrate gender into emergency preparedness?

Considering gender during emergency preparedness planning (EPP) helps to lay a strong foundation for delivering a gender sensitive response.

Very simple steps can be taken to ensure that gender is integrated into your EPP process. This includes:

  • Conduct a gender equality and diversity in emergencies training session with all staff
  • Integrate gender into the scenarios
  • Prepare a Gender Action Plan and include in the EPP Report as an annex
  • Prepare a country-specific Gender in Brief and include in the EPP Report as an annex. This document highlights the underlying inequalities and gender and generational related risks, providing a broad overview of demographic, cultural, political, social and economic differences between women and men, as well as insights into the nature of gender relations. Collecting this data, inclusive of sex- and age-disaggregated pre-crisis data, helps us to form a baseline gender analysis to inform any future emergency response
  • Ensure a gender balanced response team
  • Identify women’s civil society organisations to engage with

The CARE Gender and EPP guidance document provides detailed information on how to do this.

See section 37 of this toolkit for more detailed guidance on emergency preparedness.