The impact and experience of emergency situations is profoundly different for women and girls, men and boys, and gender diverse people. They face different threats and risks, and have different responses and coping mechanisms for dealing with the effects of crisis. In such contexts, educational needs change and different barriers for girls and boys 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.
How we work
INEE offers multiple ways to engage on gender equity and girls’ education in emergencies:
- The INEE Gender Working Group is a member-led community of practice for actors engaged in Gender and EiE to work collaboratively to raise awareness and visibility, promote understanding, and advance action on gender-responsive EiE. The Working Group focuses on developing practical resources, strengthened knowledge-sharing, evidence and advocacy. For more information on Gender Working Group activities, visit the Working Group webpage.
- INEE publishes a monthly Gender newsletter, which includes updates from INEE’s gender-focused network spaces and a list of curated resources, events, and opportunities. To stay abreast of INEE’s gender & EiE work please update your email preferences by logging into INEE.org with your credentials. If you would like to submit resources, events, or opportunities for inclusion in the INEE Gender Newsletter, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The INEE Community of Practice has a gender channel, in which members can discuss, ask questions, and share resources related to gender equity in and through education.
- Educate Us! Women and Girls on Learning in Humanitarian Crises: This podcast series features a range of perspectives on women’s and girls’ education in crisis and conflict and explores the outstanding work INEE members and partners are doing in support of women and girls.
- Bridging the Gap: Strengthening the Evidence Base for Gender-Responsive Education in Emergencies: This advocacy brief highlights key gaps in the evidence base on gender and EiE and provides strategic guidance and thematic content for new research initiatives.
- Gender and COVID-19: Key points to consider: An infographic and blog highlighting the salient, specific challenges that girls, adolescent girls, and women typically face in response to health crises. Each challenge has a corresponding recommendation which suggests how to respond to women’s and girls’ unique challenges in a gender-sensitive way.
- Prioritize, Protect, and Plan for Education: INEE advocacy messages for during and after the COVID-19 pandemic: Advocacy messages designed for INEE members to use to influence policy dialogue and debate to ensure access to safe, inclusive, equitable, and quality education for all children affected by conflict and crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic. They include recommendations for addressing the specific needs of women and girls during a health crisis.
- Charlevoix Funding Dashboard: This interactive dashboard aims to amplify the evidence base on commitments made to the Charlevoix Declaration on Quality Education. It shows the funding commitments and disbursements made by Charlevoix donors, as well as implementation of those funds including project focus areas, regions, and reach.
- Mind the Gap: The State of Girls’ Education in Crisis and Conflict: A comprehensive annual report identifying trends in the provision and quality of women’s and girls’ EiE and gaps in current reporting and accountability mechanisms since the 2018 Charlevoix Declaration.
- Closing the Gap: Advancing Girls’ Education in Crisis and Conflict: This policy brief summarises the findings of the Mind the Gap report and recommends actions for policy makers to address the gaps identified in the delivery, funding, and data relating to girls’ and women’s education in crisis contexts.
- Mind the Gap 2: Seeking Safe and Sustainable Solutions for Girls’ Education in Crises: The second report in the Mind the Gap series on womens’ and girls’ EiE. This report includes updated data since the first report and a deep dive on distance education and the digital divide, school-related gender-based violence, and girls’ education during climate crisis
- Closing the Gap 2: Delivering Safe and Sustainable Solutions for Girls’ Education in Crises: This policy paper summarizes key findings from Mind the Gap 2 and recommends actions for a variety of stakeholders to address the gaps identified in the delivery, planning, funding, and monitoring of girls’ and women’s education in crisis contexts.
- Committing to Change: Girls’ EiE from Charlevoix to COVID-19: This blog series invites INEE members to describe challenges and opportunities in implementing girls’ EiE initiatives, share how they have adapted their initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic and elevate promising practices in women’s and girls’ EiE.
Learning & development:
- INEE Guidance Note on Gender: The INEE Guidance Note on Gender provides guidance on delivering education in a gender-responsive manner to anyone involved in providing education in emergencies (EiE) as part of an emergency preparedness, response, or recovery situation.
- Gender Training Manual: This training manual orients education practitioners to the INEE Guidance Note on Gender. It outlines 4-8 hours of facilitated training activities and materials on key gender concepts and strategies for gender-responsive education in emergencies.
- E-learning course: Introduction to the INEE Guidance Note on Gender: This self-guided online course introduces education practitioners to the INEE Guidance Note on Gender. This course is intended for contexts where an in-person or remote orientation is not feasible; or where an individual has an interest in familiarizing with the INEE Guidance Note on Gender in an interactive way, and can be used as an introductory, pre-orientation activity for a more in-depth training.
- EiE-GenKit: A joint initiative from INEE, ECW, and UNGEI, the EiE-GenKit is a core resource package for gender in education in emergencies. The EiE-GenKit provides education practitioners with practical tools to promote gender-responsive programming from crisis to peace and sustainable development.
- Gender Resource Collection: An expert vetted collection of key resources in Gender and EiE.
- LGBTQIA+ Resource Collection: An expert vetted collection of key resources on supporting LGBTQIA+ people’s right to safe, quality, affirming education in emergencies.
- Gender and COVID-19 Resource Collection: An expert vetted collection of key resources on gender-responsive EiE during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Gender Equality in and through Education: This webinar included an introduction and overview of the key elements of the new Guidance Note on Gender.
- Gender and Education during COVID-19: A webinar in the INEE COVID-19 webinar series focused on addressing gender equity in education in emergencies during COVID-19. EiE actors highlighted the challenges faced by women and girls, men and boys during the pandemic and provided practical recommendations and examples of gender-responsive support.
- EiE-GenKit Virtual Launch: This launch event introduced the rationale, contents, and usage of the EiE-GenKit, its relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic, and an intergenerational panel discussion.
- Mind the Gap and Closing the Gap - the State of Girls' Education in Crisis Contexts: This webinar situated the report and policy paper in the broader gender and EiE landscape, including global commitments like the Charlevoix Declaration on Quality Education. Speakers presented the content of the report, and highlighted key findings, gaps, and recommendations.
- An Introduction to New INEE Training Materials for Gender: This webinar provided an introduction and overview of the Gender Training Manual.
- Gender-Responsive Return to School “post” COVID-19: Perspectives from the Field: This webinar highlighted gendered barriers to returning to the school “post” COVID-19 and shared ways in which programs have adapted to overcome those barriers. Speakers from Bangladesh, Kenya, Niger and Zimbabwe showcased programs on alternative learning opportunities for out-of-school-children and youth, engaging men and boys in combating gender-based violence, and addressing the psychological effects of COVID-19 on learners and educators.
- Charlevoix Funding Dashboard Launch: This event provided an overview of the context, purpose, development, and use of the Charlevoix Funding Dashboard and featured a high-level panel discussion on trends in funding for girls’ education in emergencies.