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 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.