Useful Readings

Gender and diversity issues are critical factors to take into consideration in the development of early warning systems (EWS) for any type of natural disaster, security issue or political crisis. Doing so will both serve to make the EWS more effective and will lead to reduced loss of life and injury.

To provide an overview of how gender and diversity can be addressed in Early Warning Systems, you can find below a selection of relevant documents related to gender and diversity aspects in early warning and disasters or emergencies. This list entails key documents from international key players in humanitarian aid such as the United Nations, IFRC or OCHA.



Gender Responsive Early Warning:Overview and How to Guide
 United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the empowderement of Woman
Guidelines for Integrating Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action
 United Nations International Children's Fund
Making Disaster Risk Reduction Gender-Sensitive
 United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction 
A practical guide to Gender-sensitive Approaches for Disaster Management  International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies 
Minimum standard commitments to gender and diversity in emergency programming 
 International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies  
Women’s Rights and Early Warning – Development of Indicators
 Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe 
OCHA Gender Toolkit
 Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 
Women, girls, boys and men different needs – Equal opportunities 
 Inter-Agency Standing Committee 
Fact Sheet on the IIASC Gender Marker 
 Inter-Agency Standing Committee  
Gender and Early Warning Systems
 Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe  
Seven Moves: Gender and Diversity in Emergencies - Exercise Book
 International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies 

A Guide to Programming Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response Activities

 U.S. Agency for International Development 

Women, Girls and Disasters 

 U.K. Department for International Development

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