Who We Are

The GBV Area of Responsibility (AoR) is one of four functional components of the Global Protection Cluster, and was founded in 2008. The Protection Cluster is one of 11 humanitarian clusters established by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC).

The GBV AoR is led by UNFPA and facilitated by a Geneva-based coordination team. The membership carries out the work of the AoR through participation in Task Teams that work on various aspects of the AoR’s work plan. The Regional Emergency Gender-based Violence Advisors (REGA) based in regional hubs are responsible for building sustainable GBV coordination capacity at regional and field levels with governments, UN agencies and NGOs.

Since the GBV AoR’s inception, its membership has grown to include a broad base of organizations and individuals who are committed to preventing and responding to GBV in emergencies (GBViE); this includes NGOs, UN agencies, donors, academics and independent experts. Currently over 50 institutions comprise the AoR and come together to ensure that GBViE is designed and implemented into humanitarian programming across all sectors, through all stages, and by all stakeholders.


What is a Cluster? How to Join the AoR? Who Funds the GBV AoR’s Work?


Click here to download the GBV AoR Terms of Reference

Click here to download the GBV AoR Two-Pager

Interested in becoming a member? Click here to download the membership information sheet


For more information on the Humanitarian Cluster System please click here

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