Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis

Gender Task Team

The Gender Task Team is currently in the process of developing a new work plan of activities, and is calling for a re-engagement of task team members. For more information, and to engage with this task team, contact gendertaskteam(at)


Task Team Objectives

Bangladeshi Women participating in an informal education session, Shehzad Noorani, UNICEF
The INEE Gender Task Team is made up of committed individuals from UN-agencies, non-governmental organizations, donor agencies, governments and universities who work together to ensure the right to education in emergencies, chronic crisis and early recovery.

The Gender Task Team works to support gender mainstreaming and attention to gender equality in and through education in emergencies, post-crisis and contexts of fragility. The Task Team collaboratively develops resources and tools, advocates for gender-aware programming, and facilitates training and capacity building to help practitioners respond to gender and education challenges faced during situations of crisis and recovery.

  • Produce and disseminate practical gender resources, tools and training materials for emergency practitioners.
  • Advocate for greater attention and support for gender-responsive education in emergencies amongst donors and humanitarian agencies.
  • Strengthen gender equity messages and strategies within the standards, tools and guidelines produced by INEE and the IASC Education Cluster.

For more information please see the INEE Gender Task Team TOR.

Download the INEE Gender Task Team Flyer here.



The INEE Gender Task Team is open to anyone who is interested in gender and education issues in contexts of crisis and fragility. If you are interested in participating in this Task Team, please send an introductory email to the GTT email address and indicate your interest. If you are interested in this work but are not yet a member of INEE, please join us -

Contact the GTT conveners at gendertaskteam(at)

The convener of the Task Team sends regular update on the work of the Team, and highlights relevant news and resources. See here for previous updates:

October 2008November 2008January 2009March 2009June 2009July 2009December 2009February 2010March 2010April 2010, June 2010August 2010September 2010January 2011



  • Sarah Chakrin (Independent)
  • Aya Takemoto (College Board)
  • Jan Edwards (Independent)
  • ​Joshua Eshuchi (Afghan Ministry of Education)


Ongoing Work

The INEE Gender Task Team/ Education Cluster Working Group is carrying out the following activities:

Tools: INEE Pocket Guide to Gender

The INEE Pocket Guide to Gender is for anyone working to provide, manage or support education services as part of emergency preparedness, response or recovery, and complements the INEE Minimum Standards for Education. It outlines principles for a gender-responsive approach to education programming, and provides some responsive to some of the most common misconceptions and arguments against gender mainstreaming. The guide also gives a series of concrete strategies and actions for putting gender equality into practices across all domains of education programming.

The INEE Pocket Guide to Gender is available in English, French, SpanishArabic, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian.

To learn more about this guide, click here. To order hardcopies please visit our materials request page.

Education Module of the IASC Gender E-Learning Tool

The IASC Gender Sub-Working Group (SWG) on Gender and Humanitarian Action, in collaboration with InterAction, has developed an e-learning course to help humanitarian workers mainstream gender strategies into their work.  This course provides illustrative examples to help you learn how to develop programming that ensures the needs and capacities of women, girls, boys and men are met in humanitarian situations. The training is based on the IASC Gender Handbook Women, Girls, Boys and Men, Different Needs - Equal Opportunities

The Gender Task Team advocated to ensure that an Education section was included in this e-tool and then supported the development of the Education Section of the course.

Click here to access the course.
Click here for a video trailer about the tool.
Click here for a flyer about the tool.


Resources Developed by and for the INEE Gender Task Team

General Documents

Gender Based Violence


Sanitation, Health and Hygiene

Gender Equity

Disaster Risk Reduction


Advocacy and Technical Support

Reviewing Education Cluster Products and contributing to the Minimum Standards Update

The INEE Gender Task Team continuously works to advocate for, and provide technical support to ensure that gender issues are mainstreamed throughout INEE tools, as well as within the work of the IASC Education Cluster. The Task Team is lucky to be working with Soibhan Foran, a Gender Specialist seconded to work with several global Clusters. Siobhan is leading the Task Team’s inputs into the INEE Minimum Standards Update (LINK), which presents an excellent opportunity to ensure that the new edition of the INEE Minimum Standards Handbook reflicts the good practice and lessons learned that the GTT has been collecting and generating in resources and tools since 2004.  If you are interested to be involved in this work, please email


Workshops and Events

Reaching Gender Equality In and Through Education in Emergencies, Chronic Crisis and Early Recovery - INEE Global Consultation
31st March – 2nd April, 2009. Istanbul, Turkey

Several members of the Task Team participated in INEE’s Global Consutlation 2009 in Istanbul. The issue of Gender was well represented, with a 4 hour workshop session organized and facilitated by members of the Task Team, Chaired by Rebecca Winthrop, IRC, now with Brookings.  Click for Rebecca’s Power Point Presentation

Presenters included:

  • Jyotsna Jha, Advisor, Gender & Education and HIV/AIDS, Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Moira Wilkinson, Education Specialist, UNICEF
  • Martha Muhwezi, Uganda National Coordinator, FAWE
  • Carl Triplehorn, Independent Consultant
  • Narges Nemat, Youth Advisor, Women’s Refugee Commission, Afghanistan. Click for Power Point Presentation
  • Sradda Thapa, Youth Advisor, Women’s Refugee Commission, Nepal.  Click for Power Point Presentation.

There was also a Ministerial Roundtable on Gender organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat and ADEA entitled Education and Gender in Conflict, Forced Migration and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Implications for Development.
You can visit the INEE Global Consultation 2009 web pages here.
You can download the full INEE Global Consultation 2009 Programme here.
You can download the INEE Global Consultation 2009 Outcome Report here

Online e-discussion in Gender and Education and Emergencies
December 2008.  Launched by INEE and UNGEI

Building on the discussion generated at the Gender Task Team Geneva Training Workshop UNGEI and INEE hosted an eDiscussion moderated by Kara Mitchell of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and member of the INEE Gender Task Team. The eDiscussion aimed to:

  • examine the interplay between gender, education and emergencies, conflict, post-conflict and fragility;
  • continue the dialogue and momentum created at the workshop by increasing the scope of participants; and
  • collect and document the best practices, strategies, and lessons learnt.

Download Consolidated replies, 29 December 2008 - 2 February 2009 (Final)           
Download Consolidated replies, 12 December 2008 - 29 December 2008            
Download Consolidated replies, 25 November - 12 December 2008                      
Download Initial Email, 25 November 2008

For more information, please visit:

Committee on the Rights of the Child Day of General Discussion
19th September 2008, Geneva, Switzerland

This event gathered together over 100 education in emergencies experts to speak to the committee about Articles 28 and 29 of the CRC, which concern access to, and content of, education for children. The INEE Gender Task Team, in partnership with IRC, UNICEF, and UNGEI, made a submission to this event, which was held on the 19 September 2008. There was a minute of silence at the start of proceedings in memory of Jackie Kirk and her colleagues. Allison Anderson, INEE’s Director gave a presentation to the Committee, which drew substantially on the Gender Task Team submission, and strongly advocated for gender sensitive application of the CRC. The issue of safety and security, particularly for women and girls was also a key discussion point during the working sessions. The Committee will be drafting recommendations based on the discussion, and it is also anticipated that they will issue a General Comment on the topic. We will share outcomes with this group, and on the INEE website and listserv. 

Download the INEE Gender Task Team submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child Day of General Discussion here.

Download Allison Anderson’s Presentation to the Committee here.

Gender and Education in Emergencies, Post Crisis and Fragile Contexts.
16-17 September 2008, Geneva, Switzerland.

A 2 1/2 day training on was carried out with 21 participants from UN agencies, international and national NGOs and government ministries and development agencies, working in geographically distant and contextually diverse as Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, Gaza, oPt and Timor Leste. The training was organized by the Task Team in partnership with the United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI), UNICEF and the IRC.

Download the Geneva Gender Training Concept Note here

Download the Geneva Gender Workshop Report here.

Addressing Gender Inequalities in and through Education in Emergencies, Post-Crisis and Contexts of Fragility
4 April 2008. Manila, Philippines

A 1-day training was hosted by UNICEF Philippines in conjunction with the INEE regional capacity building workshop. Participants included members of the Philippines Education Cluster – government, national and international NGOs – and regional education actors. The training materials piloted consolidated INEE Gender Task Team and IRC resources. Several new resources were drafted as outputs of the Manila training, responding to issues of particular significance in the region and building on the expertise of local actors. See below for talking points on Disaster Risk Reduction and Gender, and a Strategy Sheet focusing on male educators.

Download the Manila Gender Workshop Report here.