Working Groups: Programming Sectors--Protection, Gender, Inclusion

A talk by Kaisa Laitila, Evelyn Vallejo, Jono Anzalone and Reynette Royer

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OVERVIEW: Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI) Session: This area of focus seeks a contextualized understanding of social inequalities that function as a driving cause of exclusion and protection risks, in order to respond accordingly to identified needs (assessed through an analysis of how gender and other diversity factors affect the vulnerability of key groups to harm) before, during and after a crisis event. The group session will encompass a brief introduction of the area of focus showcasing the approach of IFRC to the integration of PGI into emergency operations, key lessons learned from the Bahamas Operation and its three recent deployments of specialists on PGI, and an interactive activity using the PGI Toolbox and the DAPS (dignity, access participation and safety) framework of IFRC to mainstream protection, gender and inclusion into a short scenario of emergencies. Likewise, as in all crises, the COVID outbreak is affecting people differently based on their sex, gender and other factors, including age, disability, sexual orientation, health status, legal status, ethnicity, and other aspects of the person. Considering emergencies exacerbate existing gender inequalities, and the incidence of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), violence against children and stigma and discrimination against specific vulnerable groups, the session will also include key recommendations (together with sharing the tools developed by IFRC) to provide PGI-responsive operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Suggested Pre-Reading Material- PGI: Participant are encouraged to watch the following video: with the aim to introduce PGI through the dignity, access, participation and safety ‘DAPS’ framework.

PGI Session Schedule: • Introduction of facilitators and to PGI as area of focus: 5 minutes • Lessons learned from Hurricane Dorian: 10 minutes • Group Activity: 15 minutes • COVID-19 and PGI: 10 minutes • Q & A: 10 minutes

PURPOSE: To provide a platform for group discussions related to Protection, Gender & Inclusion

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