Different Needs – Equal Opportunities: Increasing Effectiveness Of Humanitarian Action For Women, Girls, Boys And Men

Developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee

Published in 2010, this online course provides the basic steps a humanitarian worker must take to ensure gender equality in programming. The course includes information on the core issues of gender and how it relates to other aspects of humanitarian response. The three hour, self-paced course provides information and scenarios which enable you to practice developing gender-sensitive programming. This training is based on the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Gender Handbook and related IASC guidelines, including the Guidelines for Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings and others. The IASC consists of twenty-one humanitarian organizations and is the primary humanitarian forum for facilitating coordination, policy development and decision-making in response to complex emergencies and natural disasters. 

Click here to take this course.

To take the newly launched shortened version of the course (hosted by UN Women’s Training Centre eLearning-Campus), click here. The shortened version of the course is available in English and French and takes approximately 2 hours to complete. To gain a certificate, participants need to complete the Introduction section, one of the Cluster Theme sections and the Conclusion section.

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Committed Agencies

The following organizations are committed to providing the E-Learning course in their staff training and/or to encouraging staff to complete the course, as well as facilitating access for partners.

  • ADRA International
  • CARE
  • Concern Worldwide
  • CRS
  • FAO
  • InterAction
  • IOM
  • IRC
  • Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
  • OCHA
  • Relief International
  • WFP
  • WHO
  • Women's Refugee Commission
  • World Vision United States
  • The World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

Minimum Requirements to Run the Course


  • Please ensure you have the following minimum requirements before you start the course.
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Minimum Requirements

Operating System

Windows XP (SP2) or Vista

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Internet Explorer 7 or higher, or Firefox 3 or higher
Free, downloadable Flash 9 Player or higher installed or available to download


Pentium III -- 1GHz


512 MB


Minimum DSL/Cable modem for web-based delivery





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For those that have completed the course

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More information on Gender Equality and Humanitarian Action

IASC GBV Guidelines (Additional Languages)
IASC GBV Standard Operating Procedures
IASC Sub-Working Group on Gender
E-Learning Poster
Learn-In-A-Group Guide

IASC Gender Checklists

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