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Tackling gender-based violence in emergencies: A Partnership for Accountability - Real-Time Accountability Partnership


Gender-based violence (GBV) is a widespread and well-recognised threat to the health, wellbeing, opportunities and lives of women and girls world-wide. The risks and realities of GBV are greatly exacer-bated when a disaster strikes. Recognising the need for broad-based, fast and mutually responsible action to address GBV prevention and response in humanitarian responses, six key global-level humanitarian agencies have convened the Real-Time Accountability Partnership (RTAP).

The Real-Time Accountability Partnership promotes accountability for GBV prevention and response across the whole humanitarian response system. The RTAP members work together to ensure that comprehensive GBV programming is in place across sectors during humanitarian crises, that action is coordinated, and that resources are available to address GBV, in line with the scale of the real need.

The partnership has developed an Action Framework based on practical grounded realities for pilot rollout in two humanitarian responses in 2017 but is eager to support other contexts and country teams to learn about and use the core RTAP tool – the Action Framework. The development of the Action Framework was based on the results of a 2016 assessment of GBV programming in five country-based humanitarian responses, existing international guidelines, and best practice.

The Framework focuses on strategic actions within the responsibility of key actors during each phase of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle. RTAP members believe that delivering on these actions will foster the prioritization, integration and coordination of GBV prevention and response.


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