The GBV Accountability Framework: All Humanitarian Actors Have a Role to Play

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Humanitarian actors at all levels need to better prioritize gender-based violence (GBV) in order to create and implement scaled‐up responses that better address women’s and girls’ rights and needs. The GBV Accountability Framework provides a guide for humanitarian actors, from service providers to GBV coordinators and humanitarian leaders and donors, on the steps they can take to combat GBV within their mandates. By taking on the actions in the Framework, the humanitarian system as a whole can consistently dedicate on‐the-ground efforts to mitigate GBV risks and deliver comprehensive, quality services for women and girls.

The Framework puts a spotlight on GBV and the reality that all humanitarian actors have a role to play. It captures responsibilities and identified roles for different stakeholders based on existing policies, guidelines and best practice, and for the first time pulls these concrete and validated actions into one place. The GBV Accountability Framework, created by the Real Time Accountability Partnership, was adopted in 2018 by the Call to Action as a way to operationalize the Call to Action Roadmap. As actors from the global to the local levels use the Framework to take action, the humanitarian system can create a sustained, strengthened and coordinated response that meets our collective obligations to women and girls.

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