The GADN Humanitarian working group (HWG) focuses its work on addressing the specific consequences gender inequality and gender based violence (GBV) has on women and girls in humanitarian contexts.
Zarina Khan, IRC and Howard Mollett, Care International UK
Aims and objectives:
Our overall advocacy goal is that women's and girls’ needs and rights are prioritised through specific policy, funding and programming in humanitarian settings resulting in their empowerment and the recognition of their role and value within their communities. We will do this by:
- Sharing knowledge and best practices on women and girls’ protection needs in the settings we operate.
- Supporting each others’ advocacy efforts and potentially doing joint advocacy that is not covered by similar GADN working groups or by the Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) network. It will also provide a link to GAPS work for those organisations who are not GAPS members.
Working Group Publications
The GADN VAWG and Humanitarian Working Groups have submitted written evidence for an inquiry conducted by the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict. This submission addresses the causes of sexual violence in conflict (SVC), prevention of SVC, the needs of survivors of SVC, women’s participation and accountability for SVC. The evidence also includes an overview section on the working groups' reflections on the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI).
The written evidence is available here.
As the UK co-hosts the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference 2016, GADN is calling on the Government to ensure that the rights and needs of women and girls are prioritised in line Women, Peace and Security commitments and international humanitarian law.
The GADN Humanitarian Working Group has co-authored a position paper with Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) setting out ten recommendations to the UK Government.
The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) aims at major global reforms to better protect and assist people affected by crisis. The Gender and Development Network alongside many other organisations have collectively called on the WHS to put women’s leadership, gender equality and gender-based violence (GBV) at the heart of these reforms.
The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) aims at major structural reforms to better protect and assist people affected by crisis. The Gender and Development Network (GADN) believes that transformative change in the humanitarian system is impossible unless reforms account for gender equality and gender-based violence (GBV).
This briefing discusses how all donors and humanitarian actors participating in the Call to Action can take further steps to translate high level commitments to change on the ground, with the ultimate goal of improving the life, safety, dignity and resilience of women, girls and GBV survivors in current emergencies, including survivors of harmful practices like such as early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).
- GBV Responders Network, IRC
- Lighting the way: The role of handheld solar lamps in improving women’s and girl’s perceptions of safety in two camps for internally displaced people in Haiti IRC (2014)
- Are We Listening? Acting on Our Commitments to Women and Girls Affected by the Syrian Conflict IRC (2014)
- Private Violence, Public Concern: Understanding intimate partner violence in emergencies based on research in South Sudan, Kenya and Iraq IRC (2015)