In the rush to respond to disaster or conflict the appeal to ‘pay attention to gender issues’ often falls on deaf ears and may seem irrelevant. It is not. Paying attention to gender issues or ‘using a gender lens’ quite simply means recognizing the different needs, capacities and contributions of women, girls, boys and men. Ignoring or being blind to these … can have serious implications for the protection and survival of people involved in humanitarian crises. —Inter-Agency Standing Committee