In its fourth Online Learning Session on Trends and Challenges of Humanitarian Action, Erin Kenny gave a presentation on addressing gender based violence in emergencies.

The session was followed by a live online consultation event on the same topic.


Erin Kenny Erin Kenny is the Gender-based Violence Specialist within the Humanitarian Branch of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). In this role, she provides strategic and technical direction on all issues related to addressing gender-based violence in humanitarian contexts. Erin manages global-level capacity development initiatives to build the capacity of humanitarian actors to deliver high-quality gender-based violence programming and to coordinate multi-sectoral prevention and response efforts, designs and manages programs to improve data collection and usage, and engages in advocacy within and outside of the UN to position this issue as a life-saving component of humanitarian response. Since joining UNFPA, Erin has responded to emergencies in Liberia, Darfur, DRC, Uganda, Chad, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Haiti, Colombia, the Philippines, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Mali, Libya and Syria. Erin is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University where she teaches a Master-level course on Humanitarian Policy and Practice in the School of International and Public Affairs.

Event host

Angharad Laing Angharad Laing Executive Director, International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP)


Session recording (YouTube - faster loading time)

Session recording (Adobe Connect - higher quality)

Note: The Adobe Connect recording also includes the panel discussion following the presentation.


Session recording - downloadable audio podcast

Learning objectives

  1. An ability to define gender-based violence
  2. An understanding of the principles that guide our work to address GBV in humanitarian contexts
  3. Familiarity with the elements of effective GBV programming in humanitarian contexts

Target audience

Humanitarian practitioners as well as others with a professional or general interest in humanitarian action.


PHAP members will have the possibility to undergo a two-part assessment after the session as part of the PHAP Continuous Learning Credits framework.

Part 1: Comprehension check

Part 2: Written reflection

To encourage peer learning among members, selected essay responses will also be published on the website, if approved by the writer. As a member, you can comment on the responses and read other members' comments.

Read the written reflections