Gender and Protection in Emergencies

This briefing paper was commissioned by CARE Vanuatu and Save the Children Vanuatu for the Gender and Protection Cluster Localisation Project (funded by UN Women 2017-2018).

This paper tells the story of four years’ work of the Gender and Protection Cluster in Vanuatu in order to share Vanuatu’s experience with Pacific regional partners and humanitarian actors in other countries working on gender and protection coordination in humanitarian response. The paper documents and highlights promising practices of the Vanuatu Gender and Protection Cluster and identifies some challenges which will need focus in the future. For context, a brief overview of the global, regional and national cluster system is included, along with more detail on the history of the Gender and Protection Cluster in Vanuatu, its aims and objectives, and the Localisation Project. The paper draws largely from documents and reports, particularly lessons learned reports, as well as verified by interviews with key informants. Importantly, it is not an evaluative exercise.

It is hoped that this paper will inspire discussion and learning with similar clusters in other parts of Melanesia.

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