The ACF Gender Policy is based on the need for sound, realistic, informative, nutrition-sensitive gender and social analysis that can help ACF staff understand women’s, men’s, boys’, and girl’s needs and priorities, considering the workloads and cultural systems they operate within, in order to design programmes that have a higher impact and are more effective. Understanding gender differences and acting upon them is central to ACF’s mission and mandate to be prepared for and respond to emergencies and fight against hunger and malnutrition as well as to ensure long-term recovery. ACF works towards gender equality organizationally across departments and programmatically across sectors – food security and livelihoods, water sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, and mental health and care practices – with nutrition at the center of its strategy and mandate. ACF mainstreams gender both in emergency settings and in recovery and development contexts. While mainstreaming gender in ACF interventions is intended to reduce vulnerabilities of the affected population and promote the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV), this policy does not provide guidance on GBV focused interventions. The ACF Gender Policy seeks to ensure greater consistency of gender principles, policies and practices across the organization and provides an accountability framework in relation to gender equality, against which all staff are accountable.