'The ADCAP materials have also informed the Gender, Age and Disability training course that RedR now runs in the UK, Kenya and Sudan,' continues Kate. 'It is crucial that gender, age and disability are mainstreamed into all humanitarian work. The most vulnerable groups must be included in all action, if not, we are failing to meet the very principles which guide our work: the humanitarian principles. These vulnerabilities are part of a diverse profile of every individual, and they are also intersectional, which means that you may be a woman, with a disability and elderly, in which case in most contexts you are likely not to be accessing aid. These are groups that need to be targeted first, but the sector has notoriously been blind to these elements.
'I do believe that the sector is improving, and training, advocacy and raising awareness all help. Gender mainstreaming has come a long way in the past 10 years. Even if it still has a huge task ahead, there is progress. In 10 years I think we will see more gender, age and disability inclusion as a requirement from all donors and as a standard by all practitioners. However, changing attitudes, practices and policies takes time.'