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.

  1. Review the Gender in Emergency Preparedness Planning guidance note.
  2. 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
  1. Conduct a gender equality and diversity in emergencies training session with all staff.
  2. Ensure a gender-balanced response team!
  3. Identify women’s civil society organisations to engage with.
  4. Use the Gender in Crisis guidance to analyse the impact of previous crises on gender relations to help prepare for future crisis.
  5. 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.