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.