16 Interagency Minimum Standards for GBV in Emergencies Programming
Over 16 Days of Action against GBV

The Inter-Agency Minimum Standards for Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies Programming define what agencies working on specialised GBV programming need to achieve to prevent and respond to GBV, and deliver multi-sectoral services.Over the 16 Days of Action against Gender-Based Violence, the GBV AoR is launching a campaign to build awareness of the Minimum Standards. 

The Minimum Standards are in English, French and Spanish and will soon be accompanied by a facilitators guide. An Arabic translation is being produced and will be released soon. Additionally a series of podcasts, webinar events and videos can be found below.

Also available in Españolالعربية, Française, Ki-Swahali and اُردو

Guidelines and Implementation tools

Please download the latest version of the Interagency Minimum Standards in the language of your choice.

Minimum Standards Reports


Minimum Standards Posters


Women and Girls and especially at risk of gender-based violence during humanitarian emergencies and need local, national and international agencies to prevent abuse and respond to their needs.

Actors working in specialised GBV programming can use these 16 Minimum Standards to understand better the requirements of providing multi-sectoral programming so that they can provide multi-sectoral services.

The objective of the Minimum Standards is to establish a common understanding of what constitutes minimum GBV prevention and response programming in emergencies. “Minimum” means “of adequate quality”; that reflects good practice and the principle of do-no harm.

Each Standard in this resource represents a common agreement on what needs to be achieved for that specific programmatic element to be of adequate quality. When a GBV programme actor decides to implement a programmatic component outlined in the Standards, that intervention must be implemented according to the Standard at a minimum.

Through the standards, the global Gender Based Violence Area of Responsibility membership aims to provide GBV programme actors with practical guidance to ensure effective action on GBV prevention and response in humanitarian settings. The standards emphasise that women and girls are key actors in their protection and must be active partners in identifying protection risks and solutions throughout the programme cycle.

Join our events or view past recordings of events

The GBV AoR regularly holds events through the Community of Practice, Help Desk and with the Global Protection Cluster. Check out our calendars for events and also access our previously recorded events.


GBV AoR members and partners have a lot to say about Minimum Standards! Check out their testimonies here.


Podcasts are handy ways of accessing information on the Minimum Standards. Download them on your phone or computer and listen to them in your own time.The GBV AoR community is producing a range of podcasts on the Minimum Standards.These are available in English and French and we invite you to suggest other themes.

Episode 1 Introduction aux Standards Minimums

Staff care and support+ Self care 

Staff Care

GBV Programme staff face unique threats to their resilience and safety due to the pressure and stress of working on GBV in emergency contexts. COVID-19 pandemic has also exacerbated these threats. Organizations have a legal and moral obligation to protect and enhance staff safety and well-being under the duty of care. This duty is outlined under Minimum Standard 3. 

Self Care  

GBV AoR and its partners have also created some simple tools to help your staff  in the field find some calm. Each recourse comes with suggestions on how they can deepen their understanding of relaxation and personal care tools introduced. Some of themes include.
●Somatic‌ ‌Experience‌ ‌
●Gratitude‌ ‌Exercise‌ ‌
●Breathing‌ ‌Techniques‌ ‌for‌ ‌relaxation‌ ‌
●Mindfulness‌ ‌

We hope that you will find these resources useful. If you have any recommendations for other tools you think could be of benefit please let us know.



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