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Evolution and revolution in gender-responsive humanitarianism

Time (GMT +00) 15:00 16:15
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It has been firmly established that gender matters in humanitarian action. Yet, as is so often the case, gender is still not seen as critical to humanitarian response in the same way as other life-saving aid, even though situations of upheaval are known to exaggerate gendered inequalities and can cause gender relations to shift rapidly.

The Government of Ireland, the Government of Canada and the Humanitarian Policy Group at ODI will host a side event at the 66th session of the Commission on Status of Women on gendered norm change during and after displacement. Participants will engage with key questions and tensions around how norm change happens and what role humanitarian actors of all kinds should play in the face of these changes. Building on three years of research in Pakistan, Uganda and Colombia, this event will launch original research findings and offer concrete recommendations for more inclusive, appropriate and effective gender-responsive humanitarian action.

Explore HPG's work on changing gender norms in displacement


  • Chair: Sorcha O'Callaghan

    Director, HPG, ODI

  • Opening remarks: Fiona Broderick

    Department of Foreign Affairs, Government of Ireland

  • April Pham

    UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

  • Marta Royo


  • Megan Daigle

    Senior Research Fellow, HPG, ODI

  • Sarah Costa

    Women's Refugee Commission

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  • Government of Canada Government of Canada