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Accountability on GBV in Emergencies

The Real-Time Accountability Partnership

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a widespread and well-recognised threat to the health, well-being, opportunities and lives of women and girls worldwide. The risks and realities of GBV are greatly exacerbated 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 - the International Rescue Committee (IRC), OCHA, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNHCR, and USAID’s Office of United States Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) - have formed the Real-Time Accountability Partnership (RTAP).

The RTAP aims to ensure that all individuals, particularly women and girls, are free from the threat of GBV. The RTAP's goal is that all actors prioritise and coordinate GBV response services and integrate GBV prevention across sectors from the outset of an emergency. The centrepiece of RTAP is the Action Framework.

To promote system-wide accountability for GBV prevention and response in emergencies, RTAP members have outlined roles, responsibilities and actions related to prioritisation of GBV that should be taken during an emergency, captured in the RTAP Action Framework. These actions fall within the responsibility of donors, humanitarian coordinators, humanitarian country teams, GBV coordination leads, agencies with responsibility to mainstream GBV, and entities with specialised GBV programming and expertise. The Action Framework is predicated upon a baseline assessment of GBV programming in five country-based humanitarian responses as well as existing international guidelines, best practice, and learning from the RTAP baseline assessment carried out in 2016.

This page is maintained by the RTAP


Gina Bramucci
Deputy Director for Emergencies Violence Prevention & Response Unit,
International Rescue Committee

Emily Krasnor
GBV in Emergencies Specialist,
Humanitarian and Fragile Contexts Branch, UNFPA

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09 Nov 2018 description

The IFRC’s Minimum standards for protection, gender and inclusion (PGI) in emergencies is now its second edition. This edition is the result of three years of testing, revision and feedback from protection, gender and inclusion (PGI) and sectoral specialists, based on use in the field by Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers in many different humanitarian operations. In addition to new chapters (such as cash-based interventions), there is a stronger focus on sexual and gender-based violence and disability inclusion.

02 Nov 2018 description
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1. Introduction

A program “exit” refers to the withdrawal of all externally provided program resources from an entire program area, or from communities or districts within a program area. It could also refer to the end of a program funding cycle, with an extension through a recovery program or a longer-term development program.

02 Nov 2018 description
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Welcome to the new toolkit for awareness raising on gender-based violence (GBV). This toolkit provides four comprehensive programs for delivering seven key GBV messages to women, adolescent girls, men and adolescent boys in North West Syria.

30 Oct 2018 description

Final Report for Reference (along with the Gender Profile No.2) by Sectors and Humanitarian Actors in Rohingya Refugee Response


The Inter-Sector Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group (GiHA WG) under the InterSector Coordination Group (ISCG). GiHA WG is Co-Chaired by UN Women and UNHCR with Technical Support from Inter-Agency GENCAP.

25 Oct 2018 description

Key Figures
Total incidents January to September
Total incidents in September
Incidents among adults
Incidents among children


25 Oct 2018 description


Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council open debate on women, peace and security: “Promoting the Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and Sustaining Peace through Women’s Political and Economic Empowerment”, in New York today:

Doy las gracias a la Presidencia de Bolivia por darnos la oportunidad de abordar esta importante cuestión que es la implementación de la agenda sobre las mujeres y la paz y la seguridad mediante el empoderamiento político y económico de las mujeres.

12 Oct 2018 description

TUNIS, October 12, 2018 - Women often suffer greatly in disaster situations but are also first-line responders, a debate on the eve of International Day for Disaster Reduction, was told today by an expert from UN Women.

More needs to be done to protect women’s rights in disasters and to enable them to make a greater contribution to disaster risk management, said Dr. Jean D’Çunha, of UN WOMEN Arab States, at the Africa-Arab States Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction.

09 Oct 2018 description
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This document unpacks the role and functions of Camp level Sector Focal Points in achieving effective ground-up coordination in the designated Camps. The need for improved coordination at the Camp level has been raised by the CiCs, the ISCG and other stakeholders, based on repeated observations of gaps and duplications which remain unaddressed due to a lack of clear responsibility for oversight, information sharing and follow up on Sector responses at the Camp level.

08 Oct 2018 description

Opinion: For cash transfers to work, we can't ignore gender

"We know that gender inequalities mean that disasters and conflicts affect populations differently. As humanitarian actors, we must carefully consider the ways emergencies can exacerbate women’s and girls’ existing vulnerabilities and create new risks for all, including men and boys. If we do not, we risk delivering responses that are ineffective — or worse still, harmful.

We are only just beginning to understand the relationship between gender and cash transfer programming, or CTP.

05 Oct 2018 description

- A total of 552 (50M, 502F) new incidents were identified, managed and reported bringing the cumulative number of reported incidents to 4054 since January, 2018. It is important to note that much as the reported number of early marriages is low, cases could be much higher given the fact that reporting is hampered by negative cultural norms. This further compounded by the fact that most of the perpetrators are caregivers of the survivors.

01 Oct 2018 description
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Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the high-level event on Promoting Gender-Responsive Migration Governance through the Global Compact for Migration, New York, 28 September 2018

Date: Friday, September 28, 2018

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28 Sep 2018 description

Participants at a just-concluded two-day workshop have highlighted an urgent need for the prevention and mitigation of Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) in South Sudan, raising concerns over the alarming state of SGBV in the country.

24 Sep 2018 description


What is the understanding of, and evidence base related to, the impact of the current conflict on gender dynamics in Yemen?

1. Overview

21 Sep 2018 description

By Emma Bjertén-Günther (SIPRI), Yeonju Jung (SIPRI), Johanna Poutanen (CMI), Silja Grundström (CMI), Maria Ristimäki (CMI)

Major misconceptions continue to weaken efforts to make gender-sensitive peace mediation a reality. Here are six persisting myths standing in the way of progress.

20 Sep 2018 description

Men and women often have different roles and responsibilities in society and therefore experience climate change impacts in different ways. This video shows what Colombia, Uganda and Viet Nam are doing to develop gender-responsive national adaptation plans for the agriculture sectors. This country-driven work is carried out under a global programme known as Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag), jointly coordinated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).