Gender & Age Marker


Since first piloted in 2009, the IASC Gender Marker has challenged all of us humanitarians to think about Gender in the Needs, Activities and Outputs of humanitarian projects and programmes. Thanks to a comprehensive review in 2014 the IASC Gender Marker has undergone rigorous revision and is now being piloted in a series of countries until January 2017.


The revised tool has a very clear purpose: it is designed to show humanitarians how to coherently address at least one gendered issue in all approved and funded projects. It has both a design and monitoring function so users not only design good gender responsive projects, but they can monitor good gender-responsive projects too. We know that good practices produce more efficient and effective services – and they are more user-friendly for those who access them. We all want women, girls, boys and men to be able to access the service they need, and not be denied their rights because of their sex or age.


For more details on the tool please read the background brief and see the materials provided below.


Early Recovery Webpage and the IASC Gender and Age Marker


We plan to use this platform to share information with you, the custodians of this practical tool.  The more people who get involved, the better!  We look forward to working together on fostering better understanding and commitment towards the achievement of the goal of gender equality, especially in understanding how the humanitarian sector is making strides in terms of gender and inclusiveness and how it is strategically moving towards more concrete and measureable results for gender equality!


Reports on the progress of the pilots will feature on this website with contributions from all those who are involved in shaping the new iteration of the tool. We are also keen to highlight good practices as well as stories about how lessons were learned from implementing the gender equality measures, so please share.


Watch (and contribute to) this space!


The materials you are about to read are the result of extensive consultations at the field and headquarters levels on developing a practical tool for Quality Programming with a gender lens. We wanted to take the opportunity of introducing you to the draft tools before the official launch next year of the revised IASC Gender and Age Marker (GAM). The tool is currently being piloted in Cameroon, DRC, CAR, Jordan, Myanmar and Turkey. The feedback from these pilots will be brought to the GenCap Project’s inter-agency Steering Committee and discussed with the global clusters, UN coordination agencies and donors. The IASC GAM will be launched in 2017 for use in the 2018 Humanitarian Programming Cycle.


In the meantime, should you have any feedback to share with us, please do not hesitate to contact the GenCap’s Global Monitoring Adviser, Merrin Waterhouse: and/or GenCap Adviser Patricia Colbert:


Please write to us, your feedback is vital!






















































IASC E-learning : 

Different Needs - Equal Opportunities: Increasing Effectiveness of Humanitarian Action for Women, Girls, Boys and Men

This self-directed ecourse provides the basic steps a humanitarian worker must take to ensure gender equality in programming. The course includes information on the core issues of gender and how it relates to other aspects of humanitarian response, including camp management and coordination, education, food issues, gender-based violence, health, livelihoods, non-food items, protection, shelter, water, sanitation, and hygiene.

 Watch the 3-minute trailer for the course: