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Geneva workshop to address gender equity issues in emergencies


The Interagency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Gender Task Team, Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Education Cluster Gender Working Group, International Rescue Committee (IRC), United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) and UNICEF will co-sponsor a training workshop entitled “Addressing Gender Inequalities in and through Education in Emergencies, Post-Crisis and Contexts of Fragility”. 

Timed to coincide with the Committee on the Rights of the Child's Day of General Discussion, the workshop will take place 16 -18 September 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Serving as a capacity-strengthening opportunity, the three-day workshop will focus on deepening participants' understandings of gender equity issues in emergencies, post-crisis and contexts of fragility, while addressing the following objectives:

  • To bring together relevant actors from INEE, Education Cluster, IRC, UNGEI and UNICEF networks, as well as other relevant sectors and partners, to focus on the particular gender dynamics created by emergencies, post-crisis and fragile contexts, and their impacts on education opportunities and experiences for girls and boys;
  • To present a range of gender theoretical frameworks,  tools, strategies and processes (including the INEE Minimum Standards) for addressing gender disparities in and through education in emergencies, post-crisis and contexts of fragility;
  • To share and discuss examples of good or promising practice from field experience of gender-related education policy and program development in contexts of emergency, post-crisis and fragility;
  • To present and discuss key developments and initiatives in education in emergencies, post-crisis and contexts of fragility (e.g. the Education Cluster, recent studies on financing of education in emergencies, the FTI progressive framework) and discuss their implications from gender perspectives;
  • To identify priority issues in gender equality in education in emergencies, post-crisis and fragile contexts and to develop a collaborative action plan and to make recommendations for the INEE Global Consultation (March 2009);
  • To review a submission to the Day of General Discussion convened by the Committee on the Rights of the Child, on the theme of the Right to Education in Emergencies, to be further circulated by the co-hosts and other partners as an Advocacy Brief; and
  • To develop action plans for improved coordination and collaboration on priority issues between participants (at global, regional, national and local levels).

The theme of this year’s Day of General Discussion is “The right of the child to education in emergency situations” and will commence 19 September 2008, also in Geneva.


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