Become a Partner

Why should you join as a partner in the Call to Action?

The Call to Action's strength lies in its diversity and the collective pledge we to hold ourselves accountable to one another and the people we serve. By committing to full implementation of the Road Map, and by sharing experiences and best practices, all partners are inspired to do more and to do better to achieve the kind of impact on the ground we know is possible and necessary.


It is vital to include more partners and to better integrate the Call to Action at the field level through policies, programmes and discussions. Engagement of local organisations is critical to the success of the Call to Action. By building on the resilience and roles of local actors, the Call to Action can contribute to bridging the gap between humanitarian and development aid, thereby ensuring sustainability and impact.


Our voices and our efforts are stronger together. In addition to collective progress towards a shared goal, each partner individually benefits from engagement in the initiative through ongoing support, sharing of best practices and networking. States and Donors benefit from strategic discussions and collective planning, including the creation of shared resources and funding plans, as well as aligning around targeted priorities and advocacy opportunities. International organisations have the opportunity to engage in joint efforts – including participation in trainings and development of inter-agency resources – to enhance coordination at the field level. Non-governmental organisations receive mutual support and collaboration from other partners who are implementing programmes and commitments in the field, as well as opportunities to conduct joint advocacy and partake in peer-to-peer learning and capacity-building.

How do you become a Call to Action Partner?

In order to become a Call to Action Partner, you agree to making at least two commitments aligned with Key Action Areas and Outcomes described in the initiative's Road Map and report annually on those commitments. Some examples might include: States could commit to requiring training for medical personnel on clinical care for sexual assault survivors, as well as training for police, judges, and the military on GBV prevention and responsiveness to survivors; States could ensure addressing GBV is included and resourced in national disaster management and emergency preparedness plans and protocols, including training for emergency first responders; States and Donors could commit to making funding available to address GBV; International organisations could commit to implementing mandatory GBV/gender equality training for all their staff; NGOs could commit to recruiting and maintaining GBV experts on rapid response deployment teams; and/or NGOs could support or partner with Member States and/or other relevant stakeholders to ensure that components addressing GBV are implemented in humanitarian programmes.

The Government of Canada is the current global Lead of the Call to Action. To learn more about the Call to Action initiative or the procedure of becoming a partner, please contact Kateryna Sherysheva at

Disclaimer: the Government of Canada is the current Lead of the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies and, therefore, in line with the Roadmap 2016-2020, responsible for maintaining this website for the duration of the Lead. The information and views set out do not necessarily reflect the view of the Government of Canada.

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