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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.

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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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10 Jul 2018 description
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Launch of Nepal Case Study Effective Law and Policy on Gender Equality and Protection from SGBV in Disasters

By Gabrielle Emery

09 Jul 2018 description

On 5 and 6 June 2018, in Nairobi, Kenya, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), co-organized an Expert Group Meeting on “Building sustainable and resilient societies through the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

02 Jul 2018 description

This Tip Sheet offers interventions, guiding questions and an example of how 4 Key Gender Equality Measures (GEMs) support gender equality in Early Recovery projects and programs. The IASC GAM identifies the extent to which these elements are consistently present in proposals or implemented projects.

The Early Recovery sector can make programmes more fair by:

✓ Conducting or facilitating an analysis of the situation, needs and opportunities of women and girls, men and boys in appropriate age groups;

✓ Accommodating the different needs of all

02 Jul 2018 description
report UN Women

Crises around the world are multiplying and becoming more complex and protracted. More than 135.7 million people around the world need humanitarian assistance today. It is in these crisis settings that we witness some of the worst gender inequalities and discriminations against women and girls.

02 Jul 2018 description

KUALA LUMPUR, 29 June 2018 – Leaders from ASEAN National Disaster Management Organizations discussed, among others, about setting priorities for women in disaster management during the 32nd Meeting of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) held on 26-28 June in Kuala Lumpur.

01 Jul 2018 description

UNRWA has finalized an e-learning course for staff on gender-based violence risk mitigation in emergencies. The course is one of the products developed under the Building Safty project. It will be launched in the coming months and will be available in Arabic and English.

29 Jun 2018 description
report Council of Europe


Europe is a destination for people seeking international protection or a better life, due to wars, political turmoil and the poverty affecting its neighbouring regions. This inflow adds to the migrants and refugees who have already settled in Europe. At the same time, populists question Europe’s capacity to absorb a greater number of migrants and refugees, as well as the latter’s willingness to integrate.

27 Jun 2018 description
report Oxfam

In a context of chronic insecurity in Central African Republic, civilian populations are exposed to the threats of violence, extortion and deprivation. More than 600,000 people have been displaced within the country. Oxfam’s programme in CAR put into place a community protection approach that aims to reduce the exposure of civilians to a range of security risks. This approach is based on two elements: support for local advocacy to target threats and local dialogue on mitigation measures, with Community Protection Committees at the heart of the programme.

25 Jun 2018 description

Mogadishu, 24 June 2018 – African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is taking concrete steps to tackle Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Somalia.

The Mission’s gender unit plans to train additional Somali police officers to help fight increased cases of sexual violence against women.

The Reforms, Restructuring and Development Coordinator with AMISOM Mr. Maxwell Chikunguru, said the Mission is also encouraging gender mainstreaming in all government structures.

25 Jun 2018 description


Across Somalia, people have lost much of their livestock since the drought started in 2015. Poor families, who have the least resources and ability to adapt, have lost 40–60% of their herds in Somaliland and 20–40% in the rest of the country. The drought has also devastated crops, forcing more than 1.15 million people to leave their homes between January 2016 and May 2018, 3 often only once they had become malnourished and weak.

23 Jun 2018 description



Making gender ECW priority in the ECW Strategic Plan 2018-2021, it seeks to ensure that the needs and experiences of girls and boys are examined and systematically incorporated throughout ECW’s work to:

23 Jun 2018 description

UNRWA is completing phase 1 of the Building Saftey project which aims to mainstream gender-based violence interventions in emergency preparedness, prevention and response. UNRWA will continue moving forward with phase 2 of the project to operationalize the products developed in phase 1 and strengthen communities' self-protection capacities.

18 Jun 2018 description

Second part of Special Issue with findings from DIIS research project

Lars Engberg-Pedersen, Adam Moe Fejerskov & Signe Marie Cold-Ravnkilde

How do development organisations understand, work with and institutionalize global norms on gender equality? Over the past 4 years, a DFF-funded research project based at DIIS entitled GLONO or “Global norms and heterogeneous donor organisations” has explored this question through in-depth case studies.

06 Jun 2018 description

6 JUNE 2018

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for the Women Political Leaders Summit 2018, organized in cooperation with the Council of Women Leaders, held in Vilnius, Lithuania, from 6 to 8 June:

It is a pleasure to greet the Women Political Leaders global summit.

06 Jun 2018 description


  1. LEADERSHIP ON GENDER EQUALITY - provide guidance and support, wherever feasible, to all bodies and structures of the IASC to be able to incorporate gender equality into relevant aspects of their work.

  2. ACCOUNTABILITY TO GENDER EQUALITY - support and champion the IASC’s commitment to work in an inter-agency fashion.