The Impact of the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies


Executive Summary

In 2013, world leaders, convened by the governments of the United Kingdom (UK) and Sweden, came together to launch the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Emergencies (hereafter referred to as the Call to Action). It is a multi-stakeholder initiative aiming to drive change and foster accountability from the humanitarian system to address GBV, particularly against women and girls.

The Call to Action has been unique in its ability to command high-level commitment from a diverse set of humanitarian leaders. Four years since its inception, sixty-six partners have now signed on to the Call to Action, representing governments, donor agencies, international organisations (IOs), nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), and civil society. During this time, Prime Ministers, Foreign Secretaries, heads of United Nations (UN) agencies and NGO leaders have used the Call to Action platform frequently and forcefully to call attention to GBV as a threat to disaster and con icted-affected people, especially to women and girls who are disproportionately affected by this violence.

In September 2015, under the leadership of the United States (US), the Call to Action Road Map was launched, providing an operational framework for its goals by ensuring that pledges by partners translate into targeted action on the ground. In turn, partners ensured their commitments will contribute to achieving the ambitious and far-reaching change called for in the Road Map. The implementation of this Road Map is at its early stages and is ongoing.


Four years on since the launch of the Call to Action, this review aims to understand its impact on mobilising resources, attention and programming to better prevent and respond to GBV. The review has found that the Call to Action has been catalytic in driving forward new, faster changes that maximised the impact of efforts to strengthen GBV programmes and advocacy in place prior to 2013.