We cannot remain true to our principles unless we are able to reach all vulnerable people effectively and in a non-discriminatory and equitable manner.
The provisions of the IFRC Strategic Framework on Gender and Diversity Issues 2013–2020 are embedded firmly in the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. We cannot remain true to our principles unless we are able to reach all vulnerable people effectively and in a non-discriminatory and equitable manner.
The IFRC Strategic Framework on Gender and Diversity Issues (and its Explanatory Note) provides direction to IFRC Secretariat and all Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies to ensure that all of its actions promote gender equality and respect for diversity and are non-discriminatory towards people of all ages and backgrounds. The Strategic Framework complements the IFRC Strategy on Violence Prevention, Mitigation and Response 2010–2020.
Dignity Access Participation Safety (DAPS)
The DAPS Framework provides a simple but comprehensive guide for addressing the core actions in Red Cross Red Crescent emergency programming.
For the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, human dignity means respect for the life and integrity of individuals. All Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency responders and emergency response programmes should contribute to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity.
Emergency response programmes should provide access for all individuals and sub-groups within the affected population. Accordingly, the beneficiary selection and prioritisation criteria for accessing humanitarian goods, services and protection must be informed by a gender and diversity analysis to ensure that the assistance and protection reach people who are most at risk.
Participation refers to the full, equal and meaningful involvement of all members of the community in decision-making processes and activities that affect their lives. Sharing of information is a Core Humanitarian Standard for accountability to beneficiaries and is critical part of participation.
Females, males and other gender identities of all ages and backgrounds within affected communities have different needs regarding their physical safety. Monitoring the safety of project sites from the perspectives of diverse groups is essential to ensure that the assistance provided meets everyone’s needs and concerns in an equitable manner.
Read in the Minimum Standard Commitments how these concepts guide the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement’s work.
Zulaihat Usman is a 30-year-old mother of four. She said that in 2015, members of an armed group in Borno state attacked her neighbourhood in Gwoza, about 135km from Maiduguri. “They held us hostage for over a month and we were not able to escape,” she said.
Survivors of domestic abuse in Budapest are being offered support to share experiences, rebuild confidence and access their rights by the Hungarian Red Cross.
Women take off their shoes and gather around in a small room at Kneisseh refugee settlement in northern Lebanon, which is home to around 100 Syrian refugee families. It’s time for some ladies’ talk.
Three outcomes form the basis for operationalising the IFRC Strategic Framework on Gender and Diversity Issues.
- Systematic incorporation of gender and diversity in all programmes, services and tools.
- Improved gender and diversity composition at all levels.
- Reduced gender- and diversity-based inequality, discrimination and violence.
From 2005-2015, three cross-cutting themes have emerged as consistent priorities within International Operations: a) violence prevention, b) beneficiary accountability and c) gender equality. The initial drivers for violence prevention have been three decades of domestic expertise, successful integration since the Tsunami response, partnerships with over 25 National Societies, leadership within the Movement, and collaboration with the IFRC to support the development and implementation of the global Strategy on Violence Prevention, Mitigation & Response.
Pullout to accompany the Genders and Diversity Organisational assessment toolkit. Covers leadership, organizational culture, resources and capacities, programme delivery and accountability.
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.