IPE Newsflash – Connect. Inspire. Engage

March 2017
Gender-based violence in disasters: A legacy of cyclones: Bangladesh  

Due to the strong expression of interest from the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) and the country’s vulnerability to cyclical disasters including cyclones, floods, landslides and river erosion, Bangladesh was selected as one of the countries for the Unseen Unheard case studies. The study finds that some of the primary needs among those affected by cyclones include safe shelter settings for women and girls and in particular, pregnant women, in order to prevent and reduce the risks of GBV.  As a follow-up to the findings of the study, BDRCS is integrating a violence prevention and response module into the Community-Based Health and First Aid package in maternal and child healthcare centres. It is also conducting an internal gender assessment and developing a code of conduct on prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.

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Around the globe

Mainstreaming Gender and Diversity in Disaster Risk Reduction initiatives  

This publication provides an insight to a four year Regional Resilience Initiative, which has been implemented since 2014 across Southeast Asia. Launched on the occasion of the International Women’s Day on 8 March 2017, the case study highlights the importance of Gender and Diversity mainstreaming within Disaster Risk Reduction policies, strategies and programmes.

The case study features in particular:

– IFRC’s approaches on Gender and Diversity

– The South East Asia Regional Gender and Diversity Network

– Gender and Diversity and Disaster Law

– Key achievements from the Regional Resilience Initiative (RRI), a four-year initiative supported by Canada.

‘Inspired Action’
Meet our volunteers and learn about their experience during the 3 year youth engagement project ‘Inspired Action’. This project focusses on removing the barriers that stop young people with disabilities volunteering. Funded by Spirit of 2012, and in partnership with Whizz-Kidz, the BRC has supported nearly 700 young people into volunteering opportunities. During the process the British RC learnt a lot about being inclusiveness when it comes to disability.

Violence prevention and response

A Deadly Journey for Children – The Central Mediterranean Migration Route

UNICEF releases “deadly crossings” report on status of unaccompanied minors.


The Solferino Academy – The Future of Humanitarian need and the Red Cross and Red Crescent

The Solferino Academy is an initiative of the IFRC and its member National Societies that aims to help the Red Cross and Red Crescent network anticipate, understand, and adapt to trends and emerging issues. The Solferino Academy with its partner National Societies deploys and coordinates a range of futures and foresight tools and methods, such as horizon scanning; trends and emerging issues analysis; scenarios; and forecasting analytics, among others, to help our global network understand what changes should be made today in order to better navigate possibilities for what lies ahead. Follow the links below to learn more about the Solferino Academy;

Recently a key meeting was held for the Solferino Academy bringing together 15 Senior Leaders from around the RCRC network to explore futures and foresight approaches and current and emerging trends.  Watch the short video to learn more.  As always you can write to innovation.team@ifrc.org for more information.

Humanitarian Education

14th edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development (DIHAD) Conference and Exhibition

On March 22, the IFRC Secretary General addressed the DIHAD conference, including high-level representatives from (I)NGOs, UN Agencies and States, and put the spotlight on what remains to be done collectively to ensure a “resilient future”. The IFRC organised a panel session on “Breaking the spiral of violence” where representatives from the Red Cross Red Crescent, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and International Social Services presented their work and shared experiences and recommendations to successfully prevent and stop violence. More information about the DIHAD conference and exhibition can be found at dihad.org

Annual Conference of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid

On March 24, the IFRC Secretary General will join a panel debate on the theme “Lost generation – what can we do to avoid it?”, emphasising the importance of further prioritising children and youth’s needs for protection and education in humanitarian crisis as well as recognising their right to actively participate in decision-making processes that affect their lives and that of their communities. To register for the event, please visit.

Humanitarian Education webinar

Our monthly global webinars provide a great opportunity to share good practice of educational programmes, projects, activities from Movement partners and other stakeholders widely and to learn from each other.  You can listen to the recording of the previous webinar on social inclusion Play recording and please join the upcoming webinar on migration on 28 March 2017 at 3pm CET by using this link to WebEx. If you want to present and share your educational resources during a webinar, please contact us at help.community@ifrc.org.

What’s happening in 2017

We are glad to share with you a global calendar of Movement activities. Please update the calendar with regional or global events that your National Society is organizing.  We will be glad to promote the activities.