Gender and crisis response and recovery
Empowering women and girls and addressing gender inequalities is vital to effective recovery from crisis, whether emerging from conflict or disaster. While crises affect everyone, women and girls are often disproportionately impacted due to their relatively disadvantaged situation, distinct social obligations and responsibilities and the high prevalence of gender-based violence. At the same time, women are often on the frontline of crises, serving as vital first responders, rebuilders and peacebuilders in their communities. They ensure the well-being of their families and communities and help their societies to “build back better.” Women and girls usually make up more than half of any refugee, internally displaced or stateless population.
UNDP works to improve integration of gender equality issues into conflict prevention, disaster preparedness and crises response, and to advance the women, peace and security agenda. It works to strengthen women’s leadership and participation in post-conflict and post-disaster governance structures, support women peacebuilders and women’s networks, improve livelihoods in crisis and post-crisis settings and promote women’s involvement in economic recovery so that communities can “build back better.” UNDP also works to re-establish the rule of law in conflict-affected countries and to advance gender justice by dismantling the culture of impunity that may exist towards gender-based violence. For example, the regional programme SEESAC (South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearing House for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons) has advanced gender equality in security sector reforms in the Western Balkans. Other key initiatives include the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (with UN Women and UNFPA), which supports women’s grassroots organizations in post-crisis settings, and implementation of the Peacebuilding Fund’s Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative (with the Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund).