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International Women's Day 8th March 2019 #BalanceforBetter: Côte d'Ivoire Red Cross organized an event to celebrate all the women of the National Society. This day was an opportunity to recognize the continued contribution of women to National Society development, to celebrate Women excellence and leadership, and to remind the collective conscience of women's rights from all points of view.

RCRC focus on International Women’s Day 2019: IFRC Africa regional office staff had a brown bag session on Gender and Diversity and its relevance in our work as IFRC. Jane Waithera, Director of Positive Exposure a disability rights organization facilitated the session. She took the participants through what diversity and inclusion entails and how to ensure that as we work on diversity at the work place and in our work, we ensure inclusion because there can be diversity but no inclusion. The IFRC staff were able to discuss in groups and shared ideas on what should be done to ensure diversity and inclusion at IFRC Africa regional office.

IFRC ‘Joint Action for Prevention and Response to Sexual and Gender-based Violence’ Training as a Training of Trainer, 27 April - 2 May 2019: IFRC Regional Office PGI team Netherlands Red Cross supported SGBV Project in Terekeka and Juba as well as the newly established Protection National Disaster Response Team (NDRT).

Seven Moves Training, Gambia, 15-17 May 2019:
The IFRC regional PGI team trained Gambia Red Cross Staff and Volunteers on the IFRC Seven Moves to ensure programs are effectively implemented through integration of IFRC Minimum standards for PGI

Global Gender and Diversity Annual Network Meeting and Disability Inclusion training held held 8-12 April 2019:
The Global Gender and Diversity Network is composed of IFRC, ICRC and National Society RC staff that share a common interest in advancing gender and diversity and PGI efforts across the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The Network brings the global team together annually to share best practices, plan for the year with regards to gender and diversity and ensure complementarity in our work. Network Membership is open to all National Societies for more information contact Lisa Akero IFRC Global Gender and Diversity Coordinator

Disability Inclusion training, 11th - 12th April 2019:
The training was organized in collaboration with disability rights organizations in Kenya including Kenya Association for the Intellectually Handicap (KAIH), The Action Foundation (TAF) and Kenyan Network Advocating for the rights of women and girls with disabilities. They shared with the global gender and diversity network members their experiences as women and girls with disabilities and practical steps on how to ensure our humanitarian work meets the needs of persons with disabilities. Event was organiyed by the Norwegian Ministry of foreign affairs together with the Government of Somalia, UN OCHA, UNFPA and ICRC organized a global SGBV conference in Oslo, Norway

Global SGBV conference in Oslo, Norway, 23-24 May 2019:
From the Africa region, South Sudan RC, Burundi RC and DRC RC participated and were able to share on their work on SGBV in the community including successes, challenges and opportunities.

Events and Trainings

June 25th - 27th: Health workshop, Nairobi, Kenya.

July 1st - 3rd: Gender and Diversity focal points training, Nairobi,IFRC Africa Regional Office.

August 19th-22nd:IFRC Joint Action for Prevention and Response to Sexual and Gender Based Violence, TOT, Niger RC.

August 26th-29th: IFRC Joint Action for Prevention and Response to Sexual and Gender Based Violence, TOT, Benin RC.

September 9th-12th: IFRC Joint Action for Prevention and Response to Sexual and Gender Based Violence,TOT, Congolese RC.

October 28th-31st: Training on Minimum standards for protection, gender and inclusion and support in policy development, Zambia RC

Protection Gender & Inclusion Resources

Dignity Access Participation Safety (DAPS)

The DAPS Framework provides a simple but comprehensive guide for addressing the core actions in Red Cross Red Crescent emergency programming.

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For the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, human dignity means respect for the life and integrity of individuals. All Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency responders and emergency response programmes should contribute to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity.

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Emergency response programmes should provide access for all individuals and sub-groups within the affected population. Accordingly, the beneficiary selection and prioritisation criteria for accessing humanitarian goods, services and protection must be informed by a gender and diversity analysis to ensure that the assistance and protection reach people who are most at risk.

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Participation refers to the full, equal and meaningful involvement of all members of the community in decision-making processes and activities that affect their lives. Sharing of information is a Core Humanitarian Standard for accountability to beneficiaries and is critical part of participation.

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Females, males and other gender identities of all ages and backgrounds within affected communities have different needs regarding their physical safety. Monitoring the safety of project sites from the perspectives of diverse groups is essential to ensure that the assistance provided meets everyone’s needs and concerns in an equitable manner.