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GenCap Technical Workshop Session 4: GenCap & UN Women: Collaboration on Gender in Humanitarian Action Siobhán Foran (GenCap) and Natalia Zakharova (UN Women)
Overview Existing relationships and collaboration Survey
Challenges Development – humanitarian disconnect Personality-driven rather than institutionalised Chair of Gender Theme/Task Groups Expectations ✖ Capacity Tensions
Overview Opportunity: – In 2012, UN Women will establish a Humanitarian Unit, develop a Humanitarian Strategy. – Will shape UN Women’s support on “mainstreaming gender equality and women’s empowerment concerns into humanitarian response”. – Will involve coordination and partnership- building with the IASC Gender SWG and the GenCap Steering Committee Towards mutually-reinforcing partnership and support.
What’s happening in the field? CAP 2012 – Kenya (Improving security and enhancing leadership for crisis-affected women and girls – MS), Cd’I ( Promoting dialogue and social cohesion through women’s leadership in crisis-affected areas – ER) and oPt (Engendering the Humanitarian Response – CSS) UN-Women – Pacific – GenCap facilitated a seven-day learning exercise on GiHA for UN Women Pakistan – MoU between OCHA and UN Women (the positioning of a Senior Gender Adviser in OCHA and funded by UN Women for past two years) GenCap RO NBO and S.A. – supported by UN Women
UN Women’s Presence 15 responses: Three ROs (Southern Africa, Pacific, Horn of Africa/Kenya) Two Global Offices (Rome and Geneva) Ten Field Offices – Afghanistan, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, oPt, Pakistan, RoSS, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan, Yemen, Zimbabwe UN Women offices: Ten Field Offices – all but one (Yemen) Three Regional Officers – all three Geneva and Rome – neither (Geneva and NY in pipeline)
Is UN Women Engaged in Humanitarian Action? 12 sites (excl. Geneva, Rome and Yemen) Active in RO-Pacific, RO-NBO, Pakistan, Somalia and oPt Not active in Sudan, RoSS or Afghanistan Partially active in some of the countries of S.A. RO (i.e. some countries in the region), Cd’I, Zimbabwe (GBV and PSEA) and DRC (VAW)
UN Women’s in humanitarian work?
MUTUAL (FIELD) SUPPORT Strategy – clarity on mandate, areas of collaboration and divergence and nature of partnership Coordination and leadership on GiHA in the field Capacity – Gender SWG/GenCap to support? Analysis – UN Women well positioned to support an understanding of breadth and depth of gender issues in each sector Continuity, coherence – development-humanitarian-ER-DRR Sustainability – alignment with Ministries and National partners, alignment with UNDAF, integration with UNCT
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