Policy Instruction on Gender Equality 2021-2025

Authored by: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Categories: Human Rights
Sub-Categories: COVID-19, Democratization and Political Participation, Economic Participation, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health
Region: No Region
Year: 2021
Citation: "Policy Instruction on Gender Equality 2021-2025." United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. April 2021.

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Executive Summary

A focus on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in humanitarian action Humanitarian emergencies can have devastating and differential consequences on individuals and communities due to factors such as gender, age, disability, ethnicity, and sexual identity and orientation. Women, persons with disabilities, indigenous persons, persons with diverse gender identity and sexual orientation and identifying as LGBTI, older persons, and adolescent girls – often have additional specific and intersecting vulnerabilities and protection concerns that are further compounded by their sex and gender.

In times of crisis, pre-existing gender inequality can be exacerbated, leading to discrimination, exploitation, and impacting an individual’s access to humanitarian, recovery and development assistance, and their access to human rights. Women and girls have historically been disproportionately affected by crises in comparison to their male counterparts, including reduced life expectancies, maternal mortality, and gender-based violence.