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.
Gender refers to the socially-constructed differences between females and males throughout their life cycles. Gender determines the roles, responsibilities, power and resources for females and males in any culture. Gender differences can change over time and are different both within and between cultures. Gender inequality takes many forms and is rooted in unequal power relations.
Diversity refers to difference, including but not limited to, differences in gender, age, disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, nationality and ethnic origin (including minority and migrant groups).
By promoting the integration of gender considerations and respect for differences as enriching elements of any community, we promote progress towards equality.
Gender interacts with other forms of diversity creating important interrelationships between discrimination on the basis of gender and discrimination on the basis of other forms of diversity.
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.