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.

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The provisions of the IFRC Strategic Framework on Gender and Diversity Issues 2013–2020 are embedded firmly in the Fundamental Principles of the International 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 and all National Red Cross and Red Crescent 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.

International Women’s Day – 8 March

“International Women’s Day is a chance to celebrate diversity, and to reaffirm that equality matters, not only today, but every single day of the year. It’s also a chance to honestly reflect on a reality: equality may be our goal, but it is far from our reality.”

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.

Recent news

By Prof. Cecile Aptel, Director of Policy, Strategy and Knowledge, IFRC Gender and diversity are about what we do, how we do it, and who we are as humanitarians. Diversity is at the heart of the Red Cross and Red Crescent network, which is made up of N …

18 July 2019

Young girls who have fled conflict and instability in rural Syria in search of a more peaceful and dignified life in Turkey can sometimes find themselves still at risk from a harmful traditional practice their families have brought from their homeland.

18 December 2018

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is calling for an end to violence against women and girls, and an end to all sexual and gender-based violence, during this year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign. Every day betwee …

26 November 2018

Three outcomes form the basis for operationalising the IFRC Strategic Framework on Gender and Diversity Issues.

  1. Systematic incorporation of gender and diversity in all programmes, services and tools.
  2. Improved gender and diversity composition at all levels.
  3. Reduced gender- and diversity-based inequality, discrimination and violence.

Recent additions on gender and diversity in our resources library

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This document explains why there is an elevated risk of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, who is likely to be most affected and what operational approaches can be adopted to prevent, mitigate or respond to SG …

11 June 2020

Welcome to the protection, gender and inclusion (PGI) in emergencies toolkit! This toolkit accompanies the IFRC Minimum standards on protection, gender and inclusions in emergencies (2018) and provides additional guidance to plan, implement and monitor …

2 March 2020

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) offers a variety of training programmes that aim to raise awareness and enhance knowledge and skills among staff and volunteers on protection, gender and inclusion. The overall …

20 February 2019

Gender and diversity at the IFRC

Organizational toolkit

The aim of the Gender and Diversity Organisational Assessment Tool is to support National Societies to fulfil commitments to gender and diversity.

Inclusion: disability

Impairments are part of the human condition and almost everyone will be temporarily or permanently impaired at some point in their lives

GBV during disasters

Disasters cause stress in families and communities, and this can often result in a higher level of gender-based violence.

Committed to fairness

We are committed to promoting a safe and inclusive environment for staff, volunteers and those affected by crisis. Read more about our policies and procedures that are in place to protect and support these efforts.