The basis for the IFRC’s gender and diversity work is its humanitarian mandate to prevent and alleviate human suffering without discrimination and to protect human dignity.
Gender equality is critical for the ongoing progressive development of humanity – it is a fundamental human right. The goal of attaining gender equality is not only applicable to organizations, communities and societies but is also essential for all member National Societies and the Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Gender inequality remains a global challenge; it negatively impacts human development and economic growth. It contributes to discrimination and exclusion from access to resources, public services, education, healthcare services and employment, and to gender-based violence. Gender inequality takes many forms and is rooted in unequal power relations.
Publication date: 31/01/2017
Document status: Final