Thematic Areas


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 responses 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.

INEE has two network spaces dedicated to gender and girls’ education in emergencies: the Gender Task Team and the Reference Group on Girls’ Education in Emergencies.

The INEE Gender Task Team 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 Task Team focuses on developing practical resources, strengthened knowledge-sharing, evidence and advocacy.

For more information on Gender Task Team activities, visit the Task Team webpage

The INEE Reference Group on Girls' Education in Emergencies is convened by INEE, Global Affairs Canada, and UNGEI, and serves as a platform for strategic exchange on the Charlevoix Declaration. The Reference Group consists of 28 Charlevoix donors, multilaterals, and implementers, who work together on key initiatives to support accountability and transparency in commitments to women’s and girls’ EiE. The overarching aim of the group is to support Charlevoix Commitment #4:  to “improve the collection, monitoring, analysis, publication and reporting of progress in girls’ and women’s education participation, completion and learning, training and youth employment.”

For more information on Reference Group activities, visit the Reference Group webpage.  

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Tools and Guidance:

  • 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 and COVID-19 infographic and blog: A 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. 

Past Events:

  • 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.