Checking a Box or Creating Change? Examining the Overall State of Gender Mainstreaming in Humanitarian Action
Student Research Paper
Date of Creation
Center for Global Education
Humanitarian organizations provide aid and assistance to millions of individuals impacted by natural disasters and armed conflict every day. However, not all individuals are equally impacted by humanitarian crises. Since the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women introduced the term ‘gender mainstreaming’, humanitarian organizations have recognized and taken steps to address gender specific needs in crisis situations. While there is an abundance of research concerning these gender specific needs, there is little research on the overall state of gender mainstreaming in humanitarian policy. This paper seeks to fill this gap by examining gender mainstreaming in the humanitarian community through some of its key actors. Through analysis of primary and secondary sources, along with interviews from key humanitarian organizations working on gender issues, this paper presents an overview of the system as well as some key challenges and limitations surrounding the implementation of gender mainstreaming.
This is the author's version of the work. This publication appears in Gettysburg College's institutional repository by permission of the copyright owner for personal use, not for redistribution.
Thoretz, Jenna M., "Checking a Box or Creating Change? Examining the Overall State of Gender Mainstreaming in Humanitarian Action" (2019). Student Publications. 1058.
Written for SIT Switzerland: Global Health and Development Policy program.