5 tips for gender-sensitive online consultations (International Alert)

As part of the Humanity Hub’s first seasonal programming theme, focusing on COVID responses, we will share insights by members of the Humanity Hub community and the Hague Peace & Justice ecosystem. This week, we are spotlighting International Alert’s insights on gender-sensitive online consultations.

The outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has drastically impacted peacebuilding approaches and accelerated the shift towards digital consultation.

In many situations, face-to-face has been replaced by online engagement. While this has clearly enabled vital work to continue during the pandemic, it is less clear how this will impact gender and inclusion in peacebuilding consultation.

As consultation moves online, it is critical that all women, girls, men and boys in conflict-affected contexts maintain their opportunity to meaningfully participate in decision-making processes that impact their lives.

This helpsheet aims to support peacebuilding organisations, practitioners and networks to design online consultations in a way that mitigates some key gender and inclusivity challenges that are unique to the online world.