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 was piloted in a series of countries in 2015-2017.


The Gender with Age Marker (GAM) facilitates localising humanitarian responses by building programming on how a person’s gender and age affect the way he or she is impacted by emergencies.  In every society, women and girls, men and boys have different needs and roles. This affects how they access and use resources and how they treat each other. These roles change with age.  Understanding the different roles for different age groups for each gender deepens the gender analysis. Other factors such as ethnicity, disabilities, economic status can also influence needs and roles which should affect programming.  


The GAM uses Gender Equality Measures (GEMs) to breakdown the elements of programming to ensure basic programming steps are taken and that they are linked. It helps programming staff to refine humanitarian action at Design (DP) and Monitoring (MP) Phases.


For more details on the tool please read the IASC GAM overview and see the materials provided below.


The GenCap advisors will be supporting country operations to learn about gender equality programming and applying the IASC GAM.


Watch (and contribute to) this space!


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 measurable results for gender equality!


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. 


In the meantime, should you have any feedback/question to share with us, please do not hesitate to contact GenCap Advisor Deborah Clifton



Want examples of good practice?


In order to have a virtual library of good gender equality practice, please share your stories, reports, photos or videos so we can post them on this website.


Do not hesitate to send us information on initiatives undertaken through the implementation of the GAM or progress made in better considering women and girls, men and boys’ roles in programming. 



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: