Call to Action Road Map Northeast Nigeria (2018-2019)
To advance implementation of the Call to Action at the country level, Call to Action members working in Northeast Nigeria, the Nigerian Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development which chairs the Gender-Based Violence Sub-Working Group, and other stakeholders came together to pilot the development of a two-year Road Map for the most conflict affected states of Northeast Nigeria — Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
This is a groundbreaking initiative to create a localized multi-year Road Map that is informed by the global framework, but tailored to address the GBV challenges in a particular area.
The Northeast Nigeria Road Map was globally launched in September 2018, at the Lake Chad Conference, where it was mentioned as one of the four outcomes of the conference.
To help close the most pressing gaps in the humanitarian response in the Northeast, the stakeholders contributing to this Call to Action Road Map have chosen to focus their collective efforts in five areas in 2018-19:
Strengthening Coordination to ensure a timely, accountable, holistic, inter-sectoral approach to preventing and responding to GBV.
Improving Access to Quality Services for Survivors by ensuring that sufficient and timely access to these services is an essential component of the humanitarian response.
Strengthening the Capacity and Expanding the Engagement of Local Partners to improve GBV prevention and response efforts.
Securing Sufficient Funding for GBV programming through improved coordination and advocacy.
Engaging Security Actors to improve GBV prevention and response.
The Northeast Nigeria Road Map is a living document and will be adjusted over time as circumstances evolve. It is hoped that additional government and civil society stakeholders will join the initiative, bringing their valuable perspectives and expertise to the work of protecting communities from GBV, especially women and girls.
Call to Action in Democratic Republic of the Congo
The DRC Humanitarian Country Team has identified Centrality of Protection as one of the key priorities in the implementation of the 2017 -2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), under which key actors underscored the urgent need to strengthening their commitment to the Call to Action on Protection from Gender Based Violence in humanitarian situations in the DRC.
To advance implementation of the Call to Action in DRC, the Call to Action members working in DRC, together with the DRC Ministry of Gender, Women and Children and several other stakeholders, have developed a two-year Road Map, focusing on the humanitarian hot spots within DRC and bridging the humanitarian-development divide. The DRC Road Map is well aligned to the HRP and other humanitarian commitments, and underscores a nexus approach on humanitarian action, stabilization and development efforts in the fight against GBV. During the process it has become a national initiative considered instrumental to the ongoing process of the revision of the GBV national Strategy.
To help close the most pressing gaps in the humanitarian response in the DRC, the stakeholders contributing to this Call to Action Road Map have chosen to focus their collective efforts in six areas in the next two years (2018-2020):
Institutional policies and standards on GBV and gender equality are developed and implemented; accountability is strengthen for taking action.
Effective and accountable inter-organizational and inter-sectoral GBV leadership and coordination.
Needs assessments, analyses and planning processes support effective action on GBV.
Funding is available for GBV prevention and response for each phase of an emergency.
Specialized GBV prevention and response services are implemented in each phase of an emergency.
Managers and leaders across sectors have and apply the knowledge and skills needed to reduce and mitigate GBV risk.
The DRC localized Road Map’s objective is to work jointly with local and national humanitarian and development actors to make sure GBV issues and challenges are integrated in the planned activities and actors are committed to work together to reach meaningful outcome in terms of GBV prevention, response and risk mitigation in the DRC.
The Road Map in DRC have been launched by the DRC Ministry of Gender, Women and Children accompanied by the European Union (ECHO), Canada, UNFPA and Comité Nationale Femmes et Devéloppement (CONAFED) in an event grouping more than 80 representatives of national and international NGOs, donors, state representative including the national Assembly and the national Army and United Nations entities.
First outcomes of the Road Map in DRC have been globally shared 24th May 2019 in Oslo 2019, during the Call to Action side event at GBV Conference on ending Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Humanitarian crisis. There, the DRC representative underlined the potential of the initiative to improve coordination and efficiency, saying that it is already supporting the integration of the recommendations of the multi-year impact evaluation of the investments in DRC since 2005. The Congolese civil society recognized that the Call to Action has included them in the debate in a substantive way. Their hope is now that this will bring direct access to humanitarian funding of local organizations, in particular women leaded ones.
The DRC Road Map is a living document and will be adjusted over time as circumstances evolve. It is hoped that additional INGO, United Nations and Donor States stakeholders will join the initiative, bringing their valuable perspectives and expertise to the work of protecting communities from GBV, especially women and girls.
GBV Accountability Framework: Advancing Call to Action in the field
The GBV Accountability Framework provides a guide for humanitarian actors on the concrete steps they can take to move Call to Action forward and achieve the desired results. The Framework, originally developed by the Real Time Accountability Partnership (RTAP), serves to put a spotlight on GBV, signaling to leadership and critical decision-makers that prioritizing GBV is no longer a choice, but a lifesaving necessity that they have a role in tackling. It captures responsibilities and provides clear, concrete actions and identified roles for different stakeholders based on existing guidelines and best practice. The GBV Accountability Framework is an essential element in fulfilling the goal of Call to Action to ensure that every humanitarian response, from the earliest phases of a crisis, provides safe and comprehensive life-saving services for GBV survivors and mitigates the risks of GBV. Strengthening field-level implementation of the Call to Action on Protection from GBV in Emergencies is a top priority for Call to Action partners. Using the GBV Accountability Framework at the national level to identify which specific actions need to be sustained, strengthened or better coordinated will help Call to Action partners identify the priorities that should inform their collective work in that setting.
Report: Awareness-raising workshops of 2018 (EU leadership of Call to Action)
During its leadership of the Call to Action between June 2017-December 2018, the EU made impact at field level one of its main priorities. To this end, the EU supported the piloting of the Road Maps in Nigeria and Democratic Republic of the Congo (see above). In addition, throughout 2018, the EU organised a series of field workshops to raise awareness on GBV in emergencies and the Call to Action, and to discuss context-specific challenges. These workshops took place in Afghanistan, Colombia, Kenya, Cameroun, Iraq, Jordan, Sudan, Thailand, Turkey and Senegal, welcoming more than 500 participants in total. This report captures the main conclusions, learning and recommendations. For a full overview of activities undertaken during the EU’s leadership please see the EU booklet or visit the EU’s webpage.