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Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis

Gender Task Team

The impact and experience of emergency situations is profoundly different for girls, women, boys and men. They face different threats and risks, and have different response and coping mechanisms for dealing with the effects of crisis. In such contexts, educational needs change and different barriers for boys and girls often emerge, with girls usually experiencing greater disadvantage. Understanding these dynamics and reflecting them in education policy and programming is critical to ensuring access to safe and quality education for all.  


The Gender Task Team seeks to provide a forum for actors engaged in Gender and EiE to work collaboratively to raise awareness and understanding, promote visibility and advance action on gender-responsive EiE. The Task Team focuses on the production of practical resources, strengthened knowledge-sharing, evidence and advocacy, specifically:

  • Bangladeshi Women participating in an informal education session, Shehzad Noorani, UNICEF
    Practice: Produce, disseminate and promote the use of practical gender resources for EiE practitioners and policy-makers
  • Collaboration: Promote collaborative action and knowledge-sharing across key actors working on gender, education and emergencies.
  • Evidence Building: Identify gaps and priorities for research on Gender and EiE to influence and promote the coordination of research initiatives across key EiE actors.
  • Advocacy: Advocate for greater attention and support for gender-responsive EiE amongst donors and humanitarian agencies.



The INEE Gender Task Team is open to anyone who is interested in gender and education issues in contexts of crisis and fragility. If you are interested in participating in this Task Team, please send an introductory email to the GTT email address (gendertaskteam (at) indicating your interest. If you are interested in this work but are not yet a member of INEE, please join us -


  • Emilie Rees Smith, UN Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI)
  • additional conveners to be announced shortly...

Contact the GTT conveners at gendertaskteam (at)

Current Activities

The Gender Task Team is in the process of developing a new work plan following recent re-convening of the group in November 2017. Details can be found here in due course.



Past Activities

The INEE Gender Task Team, in various iterations since 2006, has carried out a variety of tasks and activities. Some of these are highlighted below.

INEE Pocket Guide to Gender

The INEE Pocket Guide to Gender is for anyone working to provide, manage or support education services as part of emergency preparedness, response or recovery, and complements the INEE Minimum Standards for Education. It outlines principles for a gender-responsive approach to education programming, and provides some responsive to some of the most common misconceptions and arguments against gender mainstreaming. The guide also gives a series of concrete strategies and actions for putting gender equality into practices across all domains of education programming.

The INEE Pocket Guide to Gender is available in English, French, SpanishArabic, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian.

Resources Developed by and for the INEE Gender Task Team

General Documents

Gender Based Violence


Sanitation, Health and Hygiene

Gender Equity

Disaster Risk Reduction


Reaching Gender Equality In and Through Education in Emergencies, Chronic Crisis and Early Recovery - INEE Global Consultation
31 March – 2 April, 2009, Istanbul, Turkey

Several members of the Task Team participated in INEE’s Global Consutlation 2009 in Istanbul. The issue of Gender was well represented, with a 4 hour workshop session organized and facilitated by members of the Task Team, Chaired by Rebecca Winthrop, IRC, now with Brookings.  Click for Rebecca’s Power Point Presentation. There was also a Ministerial Roundtable on Gender organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat and ADEA entitled Education and Gender in Conflict, Forced Migration and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Implications for Development. 

Online e-discussion in Gender and Education and Emergencies
December 2008 - February 2009

Building on the discussion generated at the Gender Task Team Geneva Training Workshop, UNGEI and INEE hosted an e-discussion moderated by Kara Mitchell of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and member of the INEE Gender Task Team. The e-discussion aimed to:

  • examine the interplay between gender, education and emergencies, conflict, post-conflict and fragility;
  • continue the dialogue and momentum created at the workshop by increasing the scope of participants; and
  • collect and document the best practices, strategies, and lessons learnt.

Download Consolidated replies, 29 December 2008 - 2 February 2009 (Final)           
Download Consolidated replies, 12 December 2008 - 29 December 2008            
Download Consolidated replies, 25 November - 12 December 2008                      
Download Initial Email, 25 November 2008

For more information, please visit:

Committee on the Rights of the Child Day of General Discussion
19 September 2008, Geneva, Switzerland

This event gathered together over 100 education in emergencies experts to speak to the committee about Articles 28 and 29 of the CRC, which concern access to, and content of, education for children. The INEE Gender Task Team, in partnership with IRC, UNICEF, and UNGEI, made a submission to this event, which was held on the 19 September 2008. There was a minute of silence at the start of proceedings in memory of Jackie Kirk and her colleagues. Allison Anderson, INEE’s Director gave a presentation to the Committee, which drew substantially on the Gender Task Team submission, and strongly advocated for gender sensitive application of the CRC. The issue of safety and security, particularly for women and girls was also a key discussion point during the working sessions. The Committee will be drafting recommendations based on the discussion, and it is also anticipated that they will issue a General Comment on the topic. We will share outcomes with this group, and on the INEE website and listserv. 

Download the INEE Gender Task Team submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child Day of General Discussion here.

Gender and Education in Emergencies, Post Crisis and Fragile Contexts.
16-17 September 2008, Geneva, Switzerland

A 2 1/2 day training on was carried out with 21 participants from UN agencies, international and national NGOs and government ministries and development agencies, working in geographically distant and contextually diverse as Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, Gaza, oPt and Timor Leste. The training was organized by the Task Team in partnership with the United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI), UNICEF and the IRC.

Download the Geneva Gender Training Concept Note here

Addressing Gender Inequalities in and through Education in Emergencies, Post-Crisis and Contexts of Fragility
4 April 2008, Manila, Philippines

A 1-day training was hosted by UNICEF Philippines in conjunction with the INEE regional capacity building workshop. Participants included members of the Philippines Education Cluster – government, national and international NGOs – and regional education actors. The training materials piloted consolidated INEE Gender Task Team and IRC resources. Several new resources were drafted as outputs of the Manila training, responding to issues of particular significance in the region and building on the expertise of local actors. See below for talking points on Disaster Risk Reduction and Gender, and a Strategy Sheet focusing on male educators.

Download the Manila Gender Workshop Report here.