4 PRIORITY ACTIONS for Gender Equality

In the Earthquake Humanitarian Response

A girl stands in front, her mother behind her holding a baby. Inside a tent, they hold open the door, looking out with anticipation.
UNICEF/UN0789481/OCHA/Madevi Sun-Suon


The Regional Gender in Humanitarian Action (GiHA) Working Group  for Arab States/MENA1  is committed to ensure that gender equality is  at the core of the humanitarian response to target the specific gender needs of different crisis- affected groups. This Advocacy Note highlights 4 Priority Actions to ensure that gender equality principles are consistently mainstreamed in the humanitarian response after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck southern and central Türkiye and northern and western Syria on 6 of February 2023. According to the OCHA flash updates of NWS 10th April 2023, following the earthquake, 80,401 individuals living across 108 newly established reception center are in need of a coordinated multi-sectoral response.

Prior to the earthquake, of North-West Syria’s population of 4.6 million, about 3.4 million people are living in need, 2.8 million are IDPs and 1.7 million are school-aged children according to2.  Around 80% of people in need in are women (7 million) and children (46 million) living in displacement camps, of whom 7% are female heads of household.3  The earthquake has aggravated the already dare condition of women and children in Syria. After 11 years of conflict, north-west Syria, which is home to more than 4.6 million people, continues to experience recurring waves of violence and forced displacement and disruptions in the provision of humanitarian assistance.

For the purpose of this Advocacy note, the key priorities identified cover the earthquake response in North-West Syria. The priority actions have been formulated by the GiHA Working Group for Arab States/MENA and informed Syrian women-led organizations. The note also includes lessons learned from other natural disasters on how best to mainstream gender into a humanitarian response. The priority actions are guided by the Policy on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls of the IASC Reference Group on Gender and Humanitarian Action (2017) and its commitments towards to the goals of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in humanitarian action. 

4 PRIORITY ACTIONS for Gender Equality
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