“Ultimately the success of the Call to Action will be determined by
the crisis-affected women, girls, families and communities who are safer because GBV was effectively addressed in partnership with them from the start of the humanitarian response to the restoration of peace and development.”
- 2021-2025 Call to Action Road Map
Implementing the Call to Action in crisis settings in partnership with national and local stakeholders, including women’s organizations, is essential to sustainability and success. Targeted efforts to raise awareness of the Call to Action initiative and strengthen field-level implementation are described below. This is also a priority goal for the Government of Denmark, the current global Lead of the Call to Action.
EU-Sponsored Awareness-Raising Workshops (2018)
The EU served as the global Lead of the Call to Action from June 2017 to December 2018, and made impact at the field level one of its main priorities. To this end, the EU supported pilot Road Map projects in Northeast Nigeria and Democratic Republic of the Congo (see below.) In addition, the EU organised a series of field workshops in 2018 to raise awareness on GBV in emergencies and the Call to Action initiative, 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.
Developing Field-Level Road Maps: Pilot Projects in Northeast Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
To strengthen implementation of the Call to Action in the field, global partners working in these settings came together with national and local partners to develop Road Maps modeled on the global Road Map but adapted to address their priority needs.
Based on initial learning from these groundbreaking pilots, a toolkit is now available for use in other humanitarian emergencies. The Guide to Developing a Field-Level Road Map summarizes the positive impacts of the pilots, and provides step-by-step guidance and resources for producing and implementing context-specific Road Maps.
Northeast Nigeria Road Map (2018-2019)
Call to Action members working in Northeast Nigeria, together with the Nigerian Ministry of Women Affairs which chairs the Gender-Based Violence Sub-Working Group, and other stakeholders joined forces to pilot the development of a Road Map for the conflict-affected states of Northeast Nigeria — Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. The initial two-year Road Map was formally launched in Nigeria in July, 2018 and spotlighted at the Berlin Conference on the Lake Chad Basin that September. There are over 40 partners in this Road Map--Nigerian national and state ministries, civil society organizations, donor governments, UN agencies and international non-governmental organizations. Recently, partners agreed to update and extend their Road Map through 2021.
Democratic Republic of the Congo Road Map (2019-2020)
The DRC Road Map was also drafted by multiple stakeholders under the leadership of the federal Ministry of Women, Family and Child. The Road Map is well aligned with the Humanitarian Response Plan and other humanitarian commitments. It underscores the value of a humanitarian-development-peace nexus approach to addressing gender-based violence. The Road Map was launched in February 2019 with 68 members from national and state government entities, civil society organizations and global Call to Action partners that work in the DRC. The Road Map was highlighted at a side event during the 2019 meeting of the UN General Assembly. Call to Action achievements in the DRC and Northeast Nigeria were also discussed at the 2019 Oslo Conference on Ending Sexual and Gender-based Violence.
GBV Accountability Framework: An Indispensable Call to Action Resource
The GBV Accountability Framework articulates the priority actions humanitarian actors, particularly leadership, have committed to undertake in the field to prioritize GBV prevention and response. It was developed by a group of Call to Action partners and piloted in Northern Iraq and South Sudan. There are six categories of actors: donors, humanitarian coordinators, humanitarian country teams, agencies with responsibility to mainstream GBV, GBV coordination leads and entities with specialized GBV programming and expertise. Concrete actions are identified for each type of actor from preparedness through implementation and monitoring. Call to Action partners in the field can use the Accountability Framework to identify the specific actions that need to be sustained, strengthened or better coordinated in their specific context.