gender strategy 2023-2028

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Executive summary

Throughout its 75 years of operation, and 16 years after UNRWA introduced its Gender Policy, the Agency continues to seek to improve the lives of Palestine Refugees in all their diversity through the enjoyment of their human rights, including gender equality.

In responding to growing numbers and needs of Palestine Refugees, UNRWA’s programming must be more efficient and impactful, and its organizational culture more proactive and vibrant. Accordingly, this Gender Strategy recognizes commitment, accountability and leadership as key drivers of change. It identifies intersectional gender analyses as foundational for UNRWA to design and deliver evidence-based, gender-responsive, and context-sensitive programming.

This Gender Strategy also situates UNRWA’s commitment to gender equality within its broader contextual and normative framework, and its ongoing integration of cross-cutting thematic priorities. It also highlights the value of diverse complementary relationships for UNRWA to potentiate its unique contribution as a duty-bearer towards Palestine Refugees bound by principles of equality and non-discrimination.

Meaningfully mainstreaming gender across UNRWA starts with the commitment of our individual personnel, our leadership, and our staff community, as a community. This is a precondition for UNRWA to understand and actively challenge inequalities to promote the rights of Palestine Refugees in all their diversity.

Committed and accountable leadership will guide coordinated and substantive Agency-wide efforts within the framework of our Gender Action Plan. UNRWA’s ultimate success will depend on a gender-inclusive culture that fosters a sense of belonging and commitment to equality, where every person is respected, valued, and empowered to fully participate in their working environment safely and with dignity.

gender strategy 2023-2028