This document, a product of UNDP Sri Lanka’s Tsunami Recovery Unit, consolidates first-hand experiences and recommendations from crisis responders following the 2004 tsunami disaster in Sri Lanka. While key issues such as gender, human rights and environmental protection are often incorporated into disaster relief efforts on paper, the reality of situations on the ground often lead to their deprioritization and retroactive integration. Recognizing the presence of time constraints and limited resources, this publication seeks to provide a once stop shop on how to integrate such issues in a way that is feasible and practical.
Built specifically as a toolkit for OCHA staff, this publication provides guidance on how to incorporate gender into humanitarian work, in accordance with the organization’s 2012 Gender Equality Policy. Included are definitions of key gender terminology as well as practical tips, examples, and a step-by-step framework for assessing and addressing gender issues within the OCHA’s program.