Road Map

On September 25, 2020 , the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies 2021- 2025 Road Map was launched. The 2021-2025 Road Map is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. (Updates to follow)

What is the structure of the Call to Action?

The Call to Action is composed of three Working Groups (States and Donors, IOs, and NGOs), a Steering Committee (co-chairs of each Working Group) and a Lead (overseeing the whole process). All partners formally endorse the Call to Action goal and the Call to Action Road Map 2016-2020; commit to at least two Key Action Areas to achieve the Outcomes described in the Road Map; report annually on progress towards commitments; and participate in Working Groups.


On January 1st, 2019, the Government of Canada officially became the global lead of the Call to Action, succeeding the European Union. The leadership handover event took place on December 10, 2018 in Brussels.

How Does Leadership and Governance Operate in the Call to Action?


The Call to Action’s organizational structure is intended to:

  • Leverage the value of Call to Action’s multi-stakeholder membership.

  • Support coordinated action across the partnership.

  • Promote mutual respect and collaboration among partners.


The Lead:

The global Lead of the Call to Action is a State actor.  The Steering Committee, in consultation with the partnership, confirms the selection of the Lead. The role of the Lead is to motivate and organize partners to achieve the common goal. The Lead should play a prominent role in humanitarian policy and funding, be a recognized champion of GBV and gender equality issues, and fully engaged in the Call to Action.  The Call to Action Lead is expected to serve two calendar years, not to exceed three consecutive years, and to have the financial and human resources to meet the responsibilities outlined below:


  • Oversee the implementation and monitoring of the Road Map.

  • Lead the work of the Steering Committee, including the development and implementation of its annual work plan.

  • Maintain communications with partners on advocacy, planning and implementation issues.

  • Organize, coordinate, and lead advocacy in relevant forums.

  • Collaborate with partners to determine ways to move the initiative forward.

  • Compile and maintain a consolidated list of commitments on the Call to Action website.

  • Manage the partner annual reporting process. Post partners’ reports and the annual collective Progress Report on the Call to Action website.

  • Design and lead the annual partner meeting, with the support and input of the partnership.

  • Ensure the Call to Action website and partner listserv are regularly updated and maintained.

  • Facilitate cross-working group calls, upon the request of partners.


Stakeholder Working Groups:

The Working Groups help sustain the engagement of partners and secure their input on collective Call to Action activities. They are a forum for partners to share their successes and challenges with fellow stakeholders. The Working Groups identify activities to undertake within the group and/or in collaboration with other Working Groups. They can also help identify new partners and support them to contribute to and benefit from the Call to Action.  Every partner is expected to participate actively in their respective working group—at a minimum through participation in Working Group teleconferences. Stakeholder Working Groups have the responsibility to:


  • Select two representatives from the Working Group to serve as co-chairs of the Steering Committee for two years. Terms should be staggered so that co-chairs’ terms end in different years.

  • With facilitation from co-chairs, identify Road Map implementation issues that need to be addressed within the group and/or by the broader Call to Action collective.

  • Develop and implement annual Work Plans that reflect priorities identified at the Call to Action annual partners meeting.

  • Facilitate coherence of members’ proposed commitments to ensure they are measurable, actionable, and advance a Road Map priority action area.

  • Collect and share information for monitoring and evaluation.

  • Identify stakeholder events and opportunities for advocacy and/or outreach to new partners.

  • Facilitate learning and exchange within and between groups; identify ways to enhance collaboration to improve overall accountability.

  • Through the co-chairs, communicate and share information from the Steering Committee.


Steering Committee:

The Steering Committee comprises the Lead and six committee members –two co-chairs selected from each Stakeholder Working Group. Steering Committee members are selected by their Working Groups to serve at least two years, but not more than three. Ideally, members’ terms will be staggered so that the entire Committee does not end its service in the same year. Steering Committee members ensure that the views of their respective working groups are brought to leadership discussions on the work of the Call to Action. The Committee meets by teleconference at least quarterly or as needed to identify opportunities for cross-stakeholder collaboration on advocacy, funding and program issues.  Principle responsibilities include:

  • Organize and manage Stakeholder Working Group communications.

  • Help lead the development and implementation of the annual work plans of the Stakeholder Working Groups. Support the Lead to develop and implement the Steering Committee’s annual work plan.

  • Facilitate Working Group discussions on Road Map implementation and peer review of partner commitments.

  • Bring feedback from Working Group calls to the Lead and the full Steering Committee to inform work planning and decision making.

  • Work with the Lead to identify opportunities and undertake advocacy in relevant forums.

  • Support the Lead in planning the annual partners’ meeting and securing annual reports from partners.

  • Develop Call to Action messages for target audiences.

  • Identify synergies and ways to leverage the multi-stakeholder partnership.

  • Undertake and/or facilitate reviews of key Call to Action collective reports and resources.


How will the partners of the Call to Action achieve their common aim?

Partners will achieve their common aim by implementing the Road Map 2016-2020. This is the overarching guiding framework that sets out common objectives, targets and a governance structure, to ensure that pledges are translated into concrete and targeted actions on the ground. It identifies priority actions to be undertaken by stakeholders in policies, systems and programmes. It is also composed of a monitoring and evaluation plan to measure achievements.

What are the concrete measures to be adopted at the global and local levels?

The Call to Action Roadmap outlines a number of concrete measures to be adopted. This includes for instance that humanitarian actors (States, Donors, IOs and NGOs) should adopt institutional policies that ensure gender equality and protection from GBV within their programming. At the field level, humanitarian actors should, among other things, create specialised GBV prevention and response services that are implemented in each phase of an emergency, from preparedness and crisis onset through transition to development. It is only by taking such concrete steps that it will be possible to achieve the six Outcomes that have been set out in the Road Map by 2020. 

An assessment of the impact of the Call to Action was conducted by the International Rescue Committee in 2017 and is available online. In the four years since its inception, the Call to Action has galvanised senior leaders in donor agencies, UN agencies, and NGOs to prioritise GBV; resulted in the strengthening of policies, organisational frameworks and accountability mechanisms; supported a drive for improved and increased GBV programming in emergencies; promoted collective action and accountability; and helped increase funding for GBV programmes.

How does the Call to Action connect to existing guidelines or initiatives on Gender-Based Violence?

The Call to Action complements and reinforces other existing initiatives by providing an overarching framework under which they can situate their work. For example, both the IASC GBV Guidelines and the Real Time Accountability Partnership (RTAP) are commitments undertaken by Call to Action partners to provide guidance to humanitarian actors on the actions needed to ensure that GBV risk reduction and response services are prioritised, integrated, and coordinated across humanitarian response. In addition, GBV prevention and response is integral to the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda’s efforts to increase the participation of women’s civil society in conflict prevention and resolution. Moreover, the Call to Action is instrumental in achieving a number of Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 3 (Health) and Goal 5 (Gender Equality).

How do we measure progress on the Call to Action?

The Call to Action's progress is monitored by looking at achievements in the Key Action Areas and by measuring indicators that have been specifically designed to achieve the Roadmap outcomes. Additionally, partners monitor and report on their commitments to take action via an annual report and during Working Group discussions. The table below captures which indicators are used to measure progress made in the respective areas.

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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