In 2005 the IASC cluster approach was introduced as a means of more effectively coordinating humanitarian response. The GBV AoR works collectively to improve the effectiveness and accountability of humanitarian response for the prevention, risk mitigation and response to all forms of gender-based violence, to ensure that the agency and capacity of survivors is recognised and reinforced and that primary prevention efforts are effectively employed to address underlying gender inequality. There is increasing effort, particularly in protracted crisis, being made to work with development actors (nexus) and to work on preparedness especially in regions that are affected by natural disasters.
Who We Are
The GBV AoR Coordination Team sits in Geneva and provides global level coordination for GBV. The aim of the GBV AoR is to provide support to the GBV Coordinators in activated cluster and cluster like structures in field offices.
GBV AoR Coordination Team
If your country needs support, please contact the relevant individuals below.
Regional Emergency GBV Advisors
REGA mechanism aims to enhance humanitarian GBV response capacities. The REGA develop regional and in-country capacity of humanitarian actors to strengthen GBV prevention, mitigation and multi-sector response, and support system-wide coordination, at both strategic and operational levels. The REGA ensure the sustainability of their interventions by supporting sub-cluster coordination, including coordination member organisations such as national institutions and local actors, to assume greater responsibilities for core cluster functions. They promote substantial institutional follow-up in between country missions, and are available for remote advise. Where GBV sub-cluster coordinators are present, the REGAs work closely with them to support humanitarian actors to implement international standards. The REGA provide support to preparedness, acute and protracted crisis, as well as transition to development. In this mechanism, Senior Regional Emergency GBV advisor (REGA) focuses on the Centrality of Protection, building coordination capacity of GBV sub-clusters within their regions, providing high level advocacy support, strategic advice to Humanitarian Country Teams and inter- cluster coordination, risk mitigation and preparedness. The Regional Emergency GBV Coordination Specialist (REGS) assists coordination and act as rapid response coordinators in new crises or in complex crises. S/he enables strengthened capacity for regional focus areas i.e. preparedness;
Contact the firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a REGA request package; including a standard request form and mission criteria.
The TOR is specific for each context, and should be based on GBV sub-cluster needs and priorities and/or support to the HCT for the implementation of the Centrality of Protection. For requests that are not submitted through a GBV coordination group, two agencies need to sign.
GBV AoR core members endorse the request (within 48 hours) and give feedback to enable interagency synergies and engagement during the mission.
Global Protection Cluster Architecture
The GBV AoR is part of the Global Protection Cluster (GPC). The GPC coordinates and provides global level interagency policy advice and guidance on the implementation of the cluster approach to Protection Clusters in the field, supports protection responses in non-refugee situation humanitarian action as well as leads standard and policy setting relating to protection in complex and natural disaster humanitarian emergencies, in particular with regard to the protection of internally displaced persons.