What We Do

GBV Coordination at Global Level

The GBV AoR Coordination Team sits in Geneva. The GBV AoR coordinates and provides global level inter-agency policy advice and guidance on the implementation of the cluster approach to GBV sub-clusters in the field, supports GBV responses in non-refugee humanitarian crises, and leads standard and policy setting relating to GBV in humanitarian emergencies. The GBV AoR Coordinators are provided technical and information management support but are not supervised by the AoR.

 

For our priorities, read the GBV AoR Strategy 2018-2020, which builds on the substantial achievements of the GBV AoR to date and outlines the priorities until 2020.

What We Do
To carry out all its activities, the GBV AoR has Task Teams and Reference Groups, that are coordinated by the GBV AoR Coordination Team and the Core Members.

LEARNING REFERENCE GROUP

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GLOBAL MINIMUM STANDARDS TASK TEAM

The overall goal is to enhance accountability among GBV specialists and ensure program consistency, set a minimum threshold for quality, and provide clarity on what constitutes effective GBV prevention and response in volatile and rapidly changing humanitarian contexts.

POLICY AND ADVOCACY REFERENCE GROUP

Works collaboratively with humanitarian actors and influencers from within the AoR as well as externally in order to develop research and analysis geared towards influencing policy and opinion formers.

LOCALIZATION TASK TEAM

The aim is to share learning between AoR members on engagement of local actors in humanitarian GBV prevention and response coordination, engage local actors in AoR activities, Prioritise and facilitate inter-agency approaches to promote effective localization, and leverage joint action to influence wider relevant processes.

GUIDELINES REFERENCE GROUP

The revised GBV Guidelines were finalized and endorsed by the IASC in 2015. The overall goal of the GBV Guidelines is to support humanitarian stakeholders (international and national actors across all humanitarian sectors) to fulfil their responsibility to protect all those affected by crises, by: Reducing risk of GBV, promoting resilience, and aiding recovery of communities.

GBV Coordination in the Field

We are currently supporting GBV subclusters in 27 contexts. This number may vary, especially in contexts of cyclical natural disasters or mixed refugee and IDP settings. Other countries may also have forms of GBV coordination groups, such as Working Groups, that the Global Coordination Team supports. As described by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, a cluster at field level has six core functions, to ensure the effective coordination of humanitarian response.

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SUPPORTING SERVICE DELIVERY

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INFORMING STRATEGIC DECISION-MAKING

3

PLANNING AND STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

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MONITORING AND REPORTING

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ADVOCACY

6

CONTINGENCY PLANNING/PREPAREDNESS

Global Initiatives

CALL TO ACTION

The Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies (Call to Action) is a multi-stakeholder initiative launched in 2013 by the United Kingdom and Sweden that aims to fundamentally transform the way gender-based violence (GBV) is addressed in humanitarian emergencies. The Call to Action Road Map 2016–2020 is the operational framework for the initiative and is based on the collective action of governments, international organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
The Road Map is available in the following languages: EnglishArabic, French & Spanish

Country Level Road Maps

The GBV AoR is managing a global DG ECHO project in support of inter-agency leadership and coordination of pilot Road Maps in Northeast Nigeria and the DRC. To access tools and learn more about the development of country level Road Maps, click here. 

The Call to Action Accountability Framework

The accountability framework helps key humanitarian agencies to work toward system-wide accountability for GBV prevention and response. Our goal is for all actors to prioritize and coordinate GBV response services and integrate GBV prevention across sectors from the outset of an emergency.

Since January 2019, in Iraq, various agencies have been working with the Accountability Framework to deliver on concrete minimum actions.

 

Child and Adolescent Survivor Initiative

Child sexual abuse is a violation of human rights and a major global public health problem, having severe short- and long-term consequences on the physical, mental, social, emotional, and economic well-being of children and adolescents, their families, and the greater communities in which they live. In 2018 the IRC partnered with the global CP and GBV AoRs and the Norwegian Refugee Council to launch the  Child and Adolescent Survivors Initiative, an inter-agency initiative funded by OFDA to improve the quality of and access to services for child and adolescent survivors of sexual abuse by strengthening coordination between CP and GBV actors.