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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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21 Sep 2018 description

By Emma Bjertén-Günther and Yeonju Jung

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).

17 Sep 2018 description

The Focal Point of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for Liberia at the EPA says the issue of climate change continues to be one of the major threats to development.

Benjamin Karmoh, said the situation is posing danger to every sector including health, agriculture, education, water and sanitation, energy, and other sectors of the country thereby requiring the collective effort of everyone in addressing the issues of climate change.

14 Sep 2018 description

Executive summary

Tackling the problems of poverty, vulnerability and exclusion that persist in parts of the world that continue to be affected by violence or political insecurity is difficult for several reasons. For one, because of the complexity of the prevailing social, economic and political systems, solutions to chronic problems are far from obvious.
One response to this aspect of the challenge is adaptive programme design and management.

12 Sep 2018 description

FOREWORD FROM THE HONOURABLE MARIE-CLAUDE BIBEAU, MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LA FRANCOPHONIE, GOVERNMENT OF CANADA, September 2018

While conflicts between states have declined dramatically in past years, conflicts within states – frequently involving non-state actors – are on the rise. The result is human displacement, leaving millions of people with few opportunities, limited access to services and an uncertain future.

12 Sep 2018 description

BY CHARLOTTE SMITH

We’ve recently begun looking into what role, if any, transparency could play in the push for more or better gender equality. Although we’re still in the early stages, along the way we’ve made some pretty interesting discoveries and wanted to share what we have learned so far.

The data is needed

11 Sep 2018 description

The Real-Time Accountability Partnership (RTAP) convenes key humanitarian agencies to work toward system-wide accountability for genderbased violence (GBV) prevention and response in emergencies. Our goal as a partnership is that all actors prioritize and coordinate GBV response services and integrate GBV prevention across sectors from the outset of an emergency.

24 Aug 2018 description

Over 35% of women globally will face sexual and/or intimate partner violence in their lifetime. In humanitarian crises, levels of these and other forms of violence based on gender inequality (GBV for gender-based violence) grows more acute. The presence of armed actors, displacement, broken social and protective networks and lack of services create an environment where women are at acute risk.

24 Aug 2018 description

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Africa will be impacted disproportionately by climate change when compared to the continent’s contributions to global greenhouse gas emissions (less than seven percent [1] Disadvantaged groups, such as women and young people, will experience the brunt of these impacts, as their ability to cope is often compromised by limited access to resources and power. 

22 Aug 2018 description

SG/SM/19174-WOM/2154
20 AUGUST 2018

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the Eurasian Women’s Forum being held in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, from 20 to 21 September:

My warmest greetings to everyone at the second Eurasian Women’s Forum.

Since your first meeting three years ago, the world has adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — our road map to peace, equality and sustainability, rooted in gender equality and women’s empowerment.