Guidelines for Integrating Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action
December 1, 2015Washington, D.C.


The 2015 Inter-Agency Standing Committee Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Guidelines, revised and updated by an inter-agency Task Team led by UNICEF and UNFPA, aim to support humanitarian stakeholders in protecting all those affected by crises --from armed conflict to natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies. This launch event will include a presentation and panel discussion. 


Anju Malhotra, Principal Advisor, UNICEF
Ugochi Daniels, Chief of the Humanitarian and Fragile Contexts Branch at UNFPA


Mendy Marsh, UNICEF technical focal point Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility under the Global Protection Cluster


Colin Bruce, Senior Adviser and Designated IASC Principal, Office of the World Bank Group President
Patricia McIlreavy, Senior Director, Humanitarian Policy for InterAction 
Maurizia Tovo Lead Social Protection Specialist, WBG


Catherine A. Wiesner, Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration U.S. Department of State

  • Anju Malhotra, Principal Advisor, UNICEF

    Anju Malhotra provides leadership on gender equality including policy, programmes, and research. Since she joined the agency in February 2012. Ms Malhotra has led the development of the groundbreaking Gender Action Plan 2014-2017 and is currently overseeing its implementation, including the monitoring and reporting of the plan’s impact on the lives of children. Prior to joining UNICEF, Ms Malhotra was Vice President Research, Innovation, and Impact at the International Center for Research on Women. During her 14- year tenure at ICRW, she advanced research, advocacy, and programming on adolescent girls, particularly around the issues of child marriage, girls’ education, sexual and reproductive health, and economic skills and opportunities. Also at ICRW, Ms Malhotra developed and led a portfolio of partnerships with the corporate sector, including several Fortune 500 companies. She established the “Fertility and Empowerment” network with academic institutions, and advanced research on innovation for women’s empowerment through technology, economic resilience, and social norm change.
  • Ugochi Daniels, Chief of the Humanitarian and Fragile Contexts Branch at UNFPA

  • Mendy Marsh, UNICEF technical focal point Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility under the Global Protection Cluster

    Mendy Marsh has a Master in Public Health and a Master in Social Work from Columbia University in New York. Mendy’s career in the development field started in 1998. Since then she has worked primarily on reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence for non-governmental agencies and the United Nations. She has worked on gender-based violence in conflict and other disaster affected countries throughout the world in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Currently, she is responsible for providing UNICEF headquarters, regional offices and country offices with direct technical support on gender-based violence in emergencies to ensure that inter-agency coordination and that UNICEF programmes are in place to promote the prevention of and response to gender-based violence and to measure outcomes. She also supports UNICEF and other partners on human resource capacity development for the prevention of and response to gender-based violence in emergencies. She is UNICEF’s main technical focal point for its co-lead responsibility for the Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility under the Global Protection Cluster. Other specific gender-based violence -related programming expertise includes building capacity on meeting the needs of child survivors, engaging men and boys in the prevention of gender-based violence and livelihoods/economic strengthening programming and other risk reduction strategies for women and girls.
  • Colin Bruce, Senior Adviser and Designated IASC Principal, Office of the World Bank Group President

    Colin Bruce, a Guyanese national, joined the World Bank in August 1988 through its Young Professionals program. Since then, he has held regional, corporate positions and managerial positions such as a country economist for India and Kenya, an adviser in the Office of the Managing Director, Senior Manager, Operational Policies, OPCS, and Country Director, Director, Strategy and Operations, and Director, Regional Integration—in the Africa Region. Since October 2015, Mr. Bruce has served as a Senior Adviser in the Office of the President of the World Bank Group (WBG). His initial assignments are to: (a) advise on humanitarian development issues and the first World Humanitarian Summit at the Heads of State level scheduled for May 2016; (b) serve as the WBG’s designated official on the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC–the global humanitarian policy and coordination mechanism comprised of selected UN Heads of Agencies), representing the WBG at the Principal level; and (c) monitor and support progress on significant initiatives involving UN and WB collaboration on issues related to fragility, conflict and violence.
  • Patricia McIlreavy, Senior Director, Humanitarian Policy for InterAction

    As Senior Director, Humanitarian Policy for InterAction, Patricia McIlreavy is responsible for ensuring effective representation of an NGO voice and positioning within international humanitarian policy discussions and development, including at the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and other global fora. McIlreavy’s experience in the humanitarian field began in 1993, when she joined USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance. After serving on the Rwanda DART in 1994, McIlreavy took on a field position with the International Rescue Committee’s Rwanda program. Her subsequent career with the IRC spanned 14 years, during which she held Country Director posts in Sudan, Tanzania, Burundi, and Regional Director for the Horn and East Africa. As Regional Director, she oversaw IRC’s programming in relief and post-conflict programs in Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia. Prior to joining InterAction, she was based in Jordan, working for three years as an international management and training consultant with a diverse group of organizations, including humanitarian NGOs, the Red Cross movement, UN agencies and NATO. McIlreavy holds a master’s in International Affairs from American University and is alumni of MIT’s Seminar XXI. In 2014, she was included in the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator pool.
  • Maurizia Tovo, Lead Social Protection Specialist, WBG

  • Catherine A. Wiesner, Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration U.S. Department of State

    Catherine Wiesner assumed the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary in February 2012, overseeing the Offices of Assistance Programs for Africa, Multilateral Coordination and External Relations, and International Migration. Ms. Wiesner served previously as Principal Director to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs at the Pentagon (2009-2012). Prior to government service, Ms. Wiesner worked as a practitioner and consultant in the fields of humanitarian assistance, peace process, and post-conflict programming. Ms. Wiesner’s most recent overseas post was in Sudan, where she worked for the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF) in a variety of roles, including in Juba on the mediation team for the 2006-2008 peace talks between the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army, in Khartoum on the design and implementation of the child DDR program mandated by the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), as well as North-South IDP return issues, and the initial emergency response in Darfur in early 2004. From 2001 to 2003, Ms. Wiesner directed all of the International Rescue Committee (IRC)’s programs for war-affected children and adolescents in Sierra Leone. Ms. Wiesner also worked with the IRC’s emergency response team, traveling to Jordan, Kuwait and Iraq in the spring of 2003, Liberia in the summer of 2003, and Indonesia in January 2005 after the Tsunami. Previously, between 1997 and 2000, Ms. Wiesner interned with USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance in Washington, DC, worked for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Geneva and Ethiopia, and for Save the Children in Zimbabwe. Ms. Wiesner holds a B.A. in Comparative Area Studies from Duke University and a M.P.P. in International Security and Political Economy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
  • WHEN: 12-2 p.m.
  • WHERE: JB1-080, World Bank Headquarters
  • CONTACT: Lisa Fry