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Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies

A humanitarian worker talks to three woman inside a tent

The Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies (Call to Action) is a groundbreaking partnership of over 85 States and donors, international organizations and NGOs engaged in humanitarian action. Partners are committed to collectively prevent, mitigate and respond to GBV, especially violence against women and girls, from the start of a crisis. This means ensuring that policies and programmes are in place and sufficiently resourced to address GBV and its root cause of gender inequality. The strength of the Call to Action lies in the shared commitments of diverse stakeholders to achieve the initiative.

Partnerships with local women’s organizations play a central role in spearheading change and are key to sustaining localized action to address GBV against women. The 2021-2025 Call to Action Road Map was launched on 25 September 2020. It is the Call to Action’s overarching guiding framework. It sets out common objectives, targets and a governance structure to ensure that pledges are translated into concrete and targeted actions on the ground.

The Call to Action draws attention to the promotion of gender equality in the 2021-2025 Road Map. Gender equality is a core principle for the collective efforts under the partnership, and specific actions related to gender equality are included under each of the Road Map’s six outcomes. The GBV Accountability Framework is a tool to translate IASC Guidelines into concrete actions to drive more robust funding, coordination and programming to prevent, mitigate and respond to GBV in emergencies. The framework was integrated into the new Call to Action Road Map.