5. 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. Emergency Preparedness Planning must include gender equality and women’s empowerment. The following steps can help ensure gender is integrated across all parts of the EPP process.
- Review the Gender in Emergency Preparedness Planning guidance note.
- Refer to the Minimum Preparedness Action (MPAs) (Annex 7) which require that:
- The ERT is trained on gender issues (minimum requirement: IASC e-learning course).
- Ensure CARE’s participation in inter-agency preparedness/coordination, specifically in the HCT, the Protection cluster and GBV sub-cluster.
- Ensure the Gender Brief is prepared / updated. Examples of gender in briefs can be found here.
- A Gender in Emergencies (GiE) focal point is identified and has participated in relevant training, including have one conversation with CI Gender in Emergency Advisor.
- Ensure Gender Action Plan is prepared and included with EPP workbook
- Conduct a gender equality and diversity in emergencies training session with all staff.
- Ensure a gender-balanced response team!
- Identify women’s civil society organisations to engage with.
- Use the Gender in Crisis guidance to analyse the impact of previous crises on gender relations to help prepare for future crisis.
- Integrate gender equality into the seven steps of the EPP process.
Section 37 of CARE’s emergency toolkit provides more detailed guidance on emergency preparedness.