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Call to Action Commitments


Commitment Areas:

  • Being Prepared: To ensure that the humanitarian community is better prepared when a crisis hits.
  • Finding the Right People: To ensure that we have the people with the right experience and expertise on the ground.
  • Establishing the Right Programs: To ensure that we have the right programs from the start of an emergency.
  • Providing the Right Tools and Mechanisms: To ensure the humanitarian community has the right tools and guidelines in place.
  • Fostering Research and Innovation: To ensure that research and innovation is building the evidence base on what works.

International Organizations
Non-Governmental Organizations
Donor Countries

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS [back]

International Organization

Commitment(s)

Commitment Area

GBV AoR

1. Identify criteria to specifically target 8 GBV high-risk countries and develop an integrated package of support

2. Preparation of Disaster Risk Reduction and GBV Paper

3. Establish a pool of GBV Coordinators and experts (including through mentorship and development of national capacities) ready to provide surge support in emergencies

4. 5-year learning and capacity development strategy for coordination and programming

5. Review existing tools and learning opportunities and create defined core competencies

6. Develop GBV Specific Monitoring and Assessment Tools

7. Ensure that the GBV AoR functions as a repository of new/ongoing research and best practice

Being prepared

1. Support countries/country offices

2. Research

The Right People

3. Expand emergency and surge deployment capacity

4. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training

5. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training

The Right Tools and Mechanisms

6. Develop new tools/guidance

Research and Innovation

7. Share Innovation

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

1. Encourage National Society members to work with their national governments to discuss the creation of safer and more inclusive environments for women and girls during and after disasters

2. Enhance attention to the prevention of and response to VAWG in all relevant skills training and capacity building

Being prepared

1. Support countries/country offices

The Right People

2. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

1. Increase institutional capacity including emergency roster to include psychosocial experts trained on SGBV case management

2. Develop guidelines on planning and mass evacuations during natural disasters that include VAWG and human trafficking angle

3. Increase institutional capacity to develop and implement post-crisis programs for SGBV victims by creating a pool of expert staff

4. Build capacity of camp management staff, national governments and civilians on VAWG

5. Pilot a Displacement Tracking Matrix to identify and refer VAWG survivors

6. Lead an initiative to establish inter-agency community-based complaints mechanisms in three diverse humanitarian settings, in cooperation with UNHCR

Being prepared

1. Incorporate VAWG preparedness into response/contingency plans

2. Incorporate VAWG preparedness into response/contingency plans

The Right People

3. Expand emergency and surge deployment capacity

4. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training

The Right Programs

5. Innovative programming

6. Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

1. Train and support 25 grassroots civil society organizations over 2 years to ensure that there are local experts ready to respond to the next crisis

2. Undertake qualitative research on domestic violence in three countries (Iraq, Kenya, and South Sudan)

3. Implement new, innovative programs to promote the safety, prevention of and response to violence against adolescent girls in the DRC, Pakistan and Ethiopia

4. Use existing networks to convene focused discussions with emergency directors of operational NGOs to share operational strategies and good practice for preventing and responding to VAWG in emergencies

5. Implement a global VAWG capacity building program for 300 specialist and non-specialist staff (UN, NGOs, governments, national civil society) in three regional hubs

6. Scale up an evidence-based, field-tested prevention program (working with men and boys) on VAWG in humanitarian contexts

Being prepared

1. Work with NGOs and local civil society

Research and Innovation

2. Develop new research initiatives

3. Develop innovative programming

The Right People

4. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training

5. Support capacity building of partners

The Right Programs

6. Scale Up

OCHA

1. Ensure VAWG is incorporated into cluster response plans

2. Provide advocacy support to country offices

3. Adapt guidance and checklists for needs assessment and planning of humanitarian assistance to integrate GBV

4. Develop a tool for tracking which projects supported by pooled funds contain a GBV prevention or response component

5. Ensure the ERC-HC compacts for 2014 include explicit reference to VAWG

Being Prepared

1. Incorporate VAWG preparedness into response/contingency plans

2. Support countries/country offices

The Right Programs

3. Assessments and evaluations

The Right Tools and Mechanisms

4. Develop new tools/guidance

5. Revise mechanisms

UN Women

1. Support country offices to work with national partners within DRR frameworks on VAWG preparedness

2. By 2015, all country offices with GBV sub-clusters will have received targeted information and training on GBV IMS and other globally endorsed tools on VAWG

3. Ensure linkages between gender and GBV technical expertise/information via coordination of the IASC sub-working group on gender in humanitarian action

4. Build a pool of gender and humanitarian action experts for emergency deployment

5. Deploy SGBV investigative expertise to every international Commission of Inquiry

6. Develop standards and guidelines for responding to VAWG in the context of programming (WFP and UN Women)

7. Develop internal technical guidance on GBV in emergencies and conflict-related sexual violence

8. Raise and channel fund for conflict and post conflict settings through a special window of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women

9. Contribute to identification of gaps and best practice in relation to GBV including: GBV in natural disasters (SG’s report for 2014); a global study on the implementation of women, peace and security; multi-country study on impact of gender-responsive programming on humanitarian outcomes; global learning initiative on VAWG in conflict, post-conflict and transitional settings

10. Launch a web-based module on GBV programs in conflict, post-conflict, and emergency settings

Being Prepared

1. Support countries/country offices

The Right People

2. Mainstream and reduce the risks of VAWG

3. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training

4. Expand emergency and surge deployment capacity

The Right Programs

5. Strengthen rapid response

The Right Tools and Mechanisms

6. Develop new tools/guidance

7. Develop new tools/guidance

8. Revise mechanisms

Research and Innovation

9. Develop new research initiatives

10. Share information

UNFPA

1. By 2015, 20 priority countries will be adequately stocked with post-rape treatment supplies

2. By 2015, 20 priority countries will have contingency plans that address the specific needs of women and girls

3. Increase the core and non-core allocations to advance work that prevents and responds to GBV in humanitarian contexts

4. Increase number and capacity of UNFPA staff by: creating a GBV stand-by roster; establishing a South-South mentorship program; 20 new UNFPA staff on internal surge roster for GBV; 2 new external surge partners identified for provision of GBV-specific support; 5 SRH in emergencies experts; 4 new GBV in Emergencies advisor posts in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia; 4 new GBV-focused posts established at HQ or Geneva level; 3 existing posts repositioned to focus on GBV

5. Ensure 80% of all UNFPA staff have completed the Managing GBV in Emergencies E-learning course

6. By 2015, train 4,500 sexual and reproductive health personnel on GBV in emergencies

7. Organize and facilitate two new courses with the University of Ghent that include a significant proportion of UNFPA staff

8. By 2015 20 priority countries have context-specific strategies for mainstreaming GBV-related actions throughout the humanitarian response

9. Establish new joint programs in 20 priority countries by 2015, coordinated through UNFPA-led sub-clusters (UNFPA)

10. Ensure that locally-customized dignity kits are available to women and girls in 20 priority countries by 2015 (UNFPA)

11. Scale up programming on working with men and boys to end VAWG

12. Establish 20 “Centers of Excellence” in priority, high-risk countries to act as repositories of current evidence and generators of new evidence; serve as training hubs; support operationalization of critical research; and drive collaborative programming

13. Develop a minimum of four new/revised guidelines or tools addressing GBV in humanitarian contexts

14. Scale up GBVIMS implementation in more countries (UNHCR, UNFPA and UNICEF)

15. Produce a minimum of 10 good practice products on engaging men and boys by 2015

16. Ensure that 20 priority countries have demonstrated and documented their efforts to scale up programs that address the needs of adolescent girls

Being prepared

1. Pre-position materials

2. Incorporate VAWG preparedness into response/contingency plans

3. Adapt internal systems to allow a more rapid response to VAWG in emergencies

The Right People

4. Recruit experts

5. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training

6. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training


7. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training

The Right Programs

8. Mainstream and reduce the risks of VAWG

9. Scaling up

10. Scaling up

11. Scaling up

12. Scaling up

The Right Tools and Mechanisms

13. Update technical guidance

14. GBV IMS

Research and Innovation

15. Create good practice products

16. Develop innovative programming

UNHCR

1. Create new posts, including 5 country specific protection officers, 6 senior protection officers & 1 HQ protection officer. Expanded capacity in MENAD region

2. Develop a mandatory SGBV e-learning program for all staff

3. Ensure that adequate sanitary materials are provided to all women and girls of reproductive age who receive UNHCR assistance

4. In Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda 210,000 persons of concern in camps and settlements will benefit from the installation of solar street lights and the distribution of fuel efficient stoves and solar lanterns

5. Develop assessment tools and methodologies with Columbia University

6. Scale up GBVIMS implementation in more countries (UNHCR, UNFPA and UNICEF)

7. Pilot an innovative Graduation Model livelihood program to build the self-reliance of refugees, targeting women and girls at risk of violence

The Right People

1. Recruit experts

2. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training

The Right Programs

3. Scaling up

4. Mainstream and reduce the risks of VAWG

The Right Tools and Mechanisms

5. Develop new tools/guidance

6. GBV IMS

Research and Innovation

7. Develop innovative programming

UNICEF

1. Pre-position and scale up dignity kits

2. Additional human resource and capacity development, including 1 additional staff member at HQ; 6 in regional and 6 country offices. Investment in national capacity to address VAWG, surge capacity

3. Develop a section of the UNICEF global web roster specifically devoted to VAWG and map “Centers of Excellence” that can further provide skilled human resource capacity

4. Roll-out an internal advocacy strategy to prioritize VAWG as lifesaving in emergencies

5. The IASC Safe Access to Firewood and alternative Energy (SAFE) framework will be implemented at scale in at least two priority countries

6. Develop a programming framework for mitigating adolescent girls’ risk of GBV through economic strengthening programming in emergencies

7. Make dignity kits a standard item on the UNICEF supply list in 2014

8. Lead the revision of the IASC GBV Guidelines and the GBV Coordination Handbook on behalf of the GBV AoR. In 2014-2015, roll out the Guidelines and promote adherence in 12 key countries

9. Develop specific cross-sectoral operational guidance for addressing VAWG in emergencies and improve guidance and procedures around post-sexual assault kits

10. Systematically incorporate the issue of VAWG into all aspects of program design and implementation including in situational analyses; appeal planning; and monitoring of results in 20 priority emergency-affected countries

11. Scale up GBVIMS implementation in more countries (UNHCR, UNFPA and UNICEF)

12. Pilot a 3-year program on Social Norms and Community-based Care in Humanitarian Settings to develop ‘good practice’ approaches to building positive social norms that promote respect for women and girls, and help prevent sexual violence as an inevitable aspect of conflict

13. Develop and pilot a research toolkit that describes processes for safe and ethical research on survivors of sexual violence and children born of sexual violence in conflict

Being prepared

1. Pre-position materials

The Right People

2. Recruit experts

3. Expand emergency and surge deployment capacity

The Right Programs

4. Advocacy

5. Mainstream and reduce the risks of VAWG

6. Innovative programming

7. Scaling up

The Right Tools and Mechanisms

8. Update technical guidance

9. Develop new tools/guidance

10. Revise mechanisms

11. GBV IMS

Research and Innovation

12. Develop innovative programming

13. Develop new research initiatives

World Health Organization

(WHO)

1. Additional human resources including 1 additional staff member at HQ and 1 each in Africa and East Mediterranean Regional Offices and increasing capacity by integrating SGBV into all relevant health trainings (e.g. mental health, emergency preparedness etc.)

2. VAWG included in health cluster and health system response strategies and the health cluster guidance note

3. Develop evidence-based psychological interventions for the mental health consequences of VAWG in hard-to-reach populations

4. Develop a research agenda on VAWG in humanitarian settings, including on barriers to access and use of services, building on the existing research agenda for sexual violence

5. Ensure that technical guidance tools and training on sexual and reproductive health and GBV in humanitarian settings, including clinical management of rape, is evidence-based and up to date

The Right People

1. Recruit experts

The Right Programs

2. Innovative programming

Research and Innovation

3. Create good practice products

4. Develop new research initiatives

The Right Tools and Mechanisms

5. Update technical guidance

World Food Programme (WFP)

1. Update and pilot expanded modules on GBV & PSEA in WFP’s protection mainstreaming training

2. Pilot complaints and feedback mechanisms to respond to GBV concerns related to WFP’s programs, including PSEA Develop guidelines of data protection that will cover the principles of confidentiality and consent when managing data for GBV survivors

3. Develop and pilot referral mechanisms for cases of VAWG survivors

4. Develop standards and guidelines for responding to VAWG in the context of programming (WFP & UN Women)

5. Develop a program checklist that will include quality indicators for consideration of safety and dignity issues for women and girls in program design

The Right People

1. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training

The Right Programs

2. Promote women’s participation in programming and accountability

The Right Tools and Mechanisms

3. Develop new tools/guidance

4. Develop new tools/guidance

5. Develop new tools/guidance

 

NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS [back]

Non-Governmental Organization

Commitment(s)

Commitment Area

American Refugee Committee (ARC)

1. Partner with national NGOs and women’s groups in four countries to strengthen local technical and organizational capacity to safely address VAWG, building on ARC’s partnership toolkit

2. Scale up multi-sector, client-centered assistance for survivors of GBV as well as learning and economic opportunities for women and girls

3. Implement evidence-informed, participatory prevention interventions that bolster supportive local protection mechanisms and engage whole communities to reduce the acceptability of VAWG

The Right People

1. Support capacity building of partners

The Right Programs

2. Scaling up

3. Scaling up

CARE

1. Recruit a GBV Specialist and a Gender and Protection Advisor

2. Train 27 emergency staff on Gender Mainstreaming across humanitarian assessments, design and monitoring and evaluation by April 2014

3. Train international staff (minimum 50) on implementation of the revised IASC GBV guidelines by mid-2014

4. Implement innovative, VAWG prevention pilot projects in two emergency settings, focusing on building capacity of CARE, national partners, national and community actors. Document and share learning

5. Implement innovative, VAWG prevention pilot projects in two emergency settings, focusing on building capacity of CARE, national partners, national and community actors. Document and share learning

6. Promote implementation of GBV and Gender Mainstreaming best practices in the Shelter, WASH and Food Security clusters

7. Scale up MISP implementation in five countries

8. Recruit a PSEA specialist position. We commit to seeking funding to work with other agencies in implementing the standards and identifying learning and best practice in their roll-out

9. Integrate Gender Mainstreaming and the revised IASC GBV in Emergencies Guidelines across global CARE Emergency Protocols by 2015 following a thorough review of current emergency protocols to ensure appropriate revision

The Right People

1. Recruit experts

2. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training

3. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training

4. Support capacity building of partners

5. Support capacity building of partners

The Right Programs

6. Mainstream and reduce the risks of VAWG

7. Scaling up

8. Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)

The Right Tools & Mechanisms

9. Update technical guidance

Christian Aid

1. Develop new guidance on gender for humanitarian staff and develop and execute new training

2. Develop and implement a new strategy for humanitarian protection with a strong GBV component

3. Upgrade humanitarian M&E guidelines to more explicitly incorporate gender

The Right People

1. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training

The Right Programs

2. Mainstream and reduce the risks of VAWG

The Right Tools & Mechanisms

3. Develop new tools/guidance

Doctors of the World

1. Improve the medical and psychological status of the survivors of sexual violence in the health zones of Kamonia and Luambo on the DRC/Angola border

The Right Programs

1. Scaling up

Handicap International

1. Facilitate links with French NGOs to ensure good collaboration and sharing of knowledge across the humanitarian sector

2. Provide technical advice for the mainstreaming of disability in VAWG protection and response mechanisms

3. Commit to protection of children with disabilities in emergencies and develop guidance notes that will be developed to inform policy and programs (Handicap International and Save the Children)

Being Prepared

1. Work with NGOs and local civil society

The Right Programs

2. Mainstream and reduce the risks of VAWG

The Right Tools & Mechanisms

3. Develop new tools/guidance

InterAction

1. Produce an NGO report that provides critical feedback on interagency tools, resources and initiatives for preventing and responding to VAWG

2. Initiate a dialogue with InterAction members on how internal structures and processes are established, implemented, and monitored to support programming for VAWG. Commit to set in motion increased accountability of InterAction members

3. Contribute to robust protection analysis to support VAWG prevention and response as part of protection strategies and overall humanitarian response through the Results-Based Protection initiative led by InterAction

4. Share knowledge through InterAction GBV Learning Events


The Right Programs

1. Accountability

2. Accountability

Research and Innovation

3. Develop new research initiatives

4. Share information

International Medical Corps (IMC)

1. Ensure that the full MISP, including clinical care for survivors of sexual violence, is implemented in all IMC-supported health interventions

2. Establish and strengthen support services, including women and girl-focused activities and case management services, for survivors of gender-based violence

3. Deploy a protection specialist with experience assessing the needs of women and girls in emergencies in the earliest stages of every emergency response operation


The Right Programs

1. Scaling up

2. Scaling up

3. Strengthen rapid response

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)

1. Strengthen IPPF Member Association and other key providers’ capacity to deliver SGBV services for women and girls in humanitarian situations

2. Increase the number of IPPF Member Associations trained on MISP delivery in the first phase of a humanitarian crisis

3. Undertake advocacy with governments to promote increased attention and action for SRH services in DRR and preparedness policies and programs

4. Undertake advocacy to ensure that SGBV response includes key services and ensures there is a strong protection mechanism to mitigate violence against women and girls

5. Advocate for appropriate earmarked humanitarian funding to ensure MISP implementation during humanitarian Undertake participatory research around the effectiveness of the MISP to build evidence and ensure that it becomes a standard priority intervention during the onset of humanitarian crises

6. Ensure that 60% of IPPF Member Associations provide access to screening, counselling and referrals on SGBV by 2015

7. Provide over 1.2 million sexual and gender-based violence services to women and girls (20% increase) by 2015

8. Strengthen partnerships with international and national organizations to ensure better co-ordination in the delivery of the MISP, especially in the provision of services (both medical and psychosocial) for survivors (women and girls) of SGBV during humanitarian crises responses

9. Undertake participatory research around the effectiveness of the MISP to build evidence and ensure that it becomes a standard priority intervention during the onset of humanitarian crises

The Right People

1. Support capacity building of partners

2. Support capacity building of partners

The Right Programs

3. Advocacy

4. Advocacy

5. Advocacy

6. Scaling up

7. Scaling up

8. Scaling up

Research and Innovation

9. Develop new research initiatives

Islamic Relief

1. Develop and implement an e-learning program incorporating GBV training for all program staff

The Right People

1. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training

Marie Stopes International

1. Support country programs in vulnerable settings in MISP emergency preparedness so that teams are trained and ready when crises hit

2. Work with partners to ensure that the MISP is implemented in countries where MSI programs and services can play an effective support role in humanitarian responses

3. Provide skills training for frontline health workers in sexual and reproductive health for use in emergency and humanitarian situations, including clinical care for survivors of sexual assault

4. Establish and maintain a community of practice to develop institutional capacity and ensure links with frontline partners to support country level SGBV response

5. Provide reproductive health kits and other essential commodities, indirectly or directly, to respond to the immediate and ongoing sexual and reproductive health needs of survivors of SGBV

6. Scale up the provision of comprehensive SRHR services, including clinical services, in countries most vulnerable to emergency and humanitarian crises by 50%, covering more than 10 million women, over the next 3 years

7. Commit to ensuring that all programs meet minimum SGBV standards by 2015

8. Explore opportunities to support provision of clinical services to women in emergency situations

9. Share lessons and evidence from MSI programs responding to and managing the consequences of SGBV with key policy and program partners

Being Prepared

1. Support countries/country offices

The Right People

2. Support capacity building of partners

3. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training

4. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training

The Right Programs

5. Scaling up

6. Scaling up

7. Scaling up

8. Scaling up

Research and Innovation

9. Share information

Norwegian Rescue Council (NRC)

1. Explore the possibility of strengthening and expanding pool of protection and GBV experts

2. Explore further roster management support to provide immediate deployment in rapid onset unforeseen disasters and provide short-term mission in support of preparedness

3. Address VAWG in Kurdistan-Iraq through community-based initiatives increasing women’s and girls’ voice

4. Roll out the NRC Education Guidelines for the Prevention and Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) in all NRC education programs

5. Research on the linkages between VAWG and security of tenure in humanitarian/displacement settings and promote the key recommendations within the humanitarian and donor community

The Right People

1. Expand emergency and surge deployment capacity

2. Expand emergency and surge deployment capacity

The Right Programs

3. Promote women’s participation in programming and accountability

4. Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)

Research and Innovation

5. Develop new research initiatives

Oxfam

1. Launch an internal Knowledge Hub on the elimination of VAWG to build the knowledge base for effective programming

2. Partner with national women's rights organizations, in 3 countries and build their capacity to deliver high-quality, gender-sensitive humanitarian responses

3. Incorporate structured referral mechanisms within key humanitarian responses

4. Promote women’s participation and empowerment particularly through cash and WASH programs

5. Ensure that all humanitarian evaluations assess gender equality, women’s rights and prevention and response to GBV

6. Develop innovative referral mechanisms using effective technology

The Right People

1. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training

2. Support capacity building of partners

The Right Programs

3. Mainstream and reduce the risks of VAWG

4. Promote women’s participation in programming and accountability

5. Assessments and evaluations

Research and Innovation

6. Develop innovative programming

Plan UK

1. Raise awareness and build referral systems to SRHR services for adolescents

2. In bridging the divide between humanitarian, recovery and development work, move towards addressing transformational power relations including by addressing early forced marriage and FGM/C, sexual abuse and exploitation

3. Prioritize child protection, and recognize the agency and capacities of adolescent girls and respond to their unique needs and vulnerabilities

4. Address VAWG as a key issue in education and child friendly spaces and holistically in all child and community participation and engagement

5. Include VAWG as a key issue in robust gender sensitive needs assessments following the onset of emergencies, and in resilience capacity building


The Right Programs

1. Innovative programming

2. Innovative programming

3. Scaling up

4. Scaling up

5. Assessments and evaluations

Refugees International (RI)

1. Undertake assessment missions to 4 different emergencies in 2014 to assess the humanitarian prevention and response to VAWG. Follow up advocacy to improve coordination, programming, and mitigate risks of VAWG

The Right Programs

1. Advocacy

Save the Children

1. Commit to protection of children with disabilities in emergencies and develop guidance notes that will be developed to inform policy and programs (Handicap International and Save the Children)

2. Mobilize the wider Save the Children movement’s resources to make the elimination of VAWG a key pillar of the organization’s work

3. Recruit key staff to strengthen response to VAWG with special emphasis on developing and piloting age-appropriate interventions for girls and boys

4. Conduct vigorous advocacy to ensure that VAWG is a priority element of the Post-2015 framework

5. Scale up programs on sexual violence in emergency-affected countries such as DRC, Lebanon, Jordan and Kenya (with Somali refugees), to improve outcomes for child survivors of sexual violence and demonstrate the importance of age- and gender-appropriate, child friendly response services

6. Commit to protection of children with disabilities in emergencies and develop guidance notes that will be developed to inform policy and programs (Handicap International with Save the Children)


Being Prepared

1. Adapt internal systems to allow a more rapid response to VAWG in emergencies

2. Adapt internal systems to allow a more rapid response to VAWG in emergencies

The Right People

3. Recruit experts

The Right Programs

4. Advocacy

5. Scaling Up

The Right Tools and Mechanisms

6. Develop new tools/guidance

Tearfund

1. Pilot an innovative masculinity program where the church proactively engages men and boys in the prevention of VAWG

Research and Innovation

1. Develop innovative programming

War Child UK

1. Establish an internal emergency response fund that gives improved flexibility to protect children from and respond quickly to violence against children (such as sexual violence) in conflict-based emergencies

Being Prepared

1. Adapt internal systems to allow a more rapid response to VAWG in emergencies

WaterAid

1. Train staff to ensure that WASH programs contribute to the safety and empowerment of women and to the prevention of violence against women as well as other vulnerable people in all its forms

2. Ensure that organizational policies clearly mitigate against sexual exploitation and abuse

3. Work in partnership with other agencies and implementers in the WASH and Protection Sectors to share and disseminate a toolkit to embed good practice on the prevention of violence in WASH programs

The Right People

1. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training

The Right Programs

2. Mainstream and reduce the risks of VAWG

3. Mainstream and reduce the risks of VAWG

World Vision

1. Develop and implement a multi-sectoral model for integrating GBV prevention and response into all WV programming in Cat III emergencies and fragile contexts.

The Right Tools and Mechanisms

1. Develop new tools/guidance

Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC)

1. Research the risks of GBV of adolescent girls displaced in urban environments. Generate learning, tools and recommendations for how to prevent and respond to displaced adolescent girls’ GBV risks in urban environments

2. Work with civil society organizations and women’s groups to prepare for and respond to sexual violence and basic reproductive health needs in emergencies (as outlined within the MISP)

Research and Innovation

1. Develop new research initiatives

Being Prepared

2. Work with NGOs and local civil society

 

DONOR COUNTRIES [back]

Donor Country

Commitment(s)

Commitment Area

Canada

1. Build on existing investments to respond quickly and effectively to VAWG from the onset of an emergency

2. Prioritize the protection of women and girls with multilateral and non-governmental partners

3. Support innovative approaches e.g. UNHCR’s ‘light years ahead’ project and work on child, early and forced marriage

Being Prepared

1. Adapt internal systems to allow a more rapid response to VAWG in emergencies

The Right Programs

2. Accountability

Research and Innovation

3. Develop innovative programming

EU

1. Increase support for IRC’s GBV/psychosocial care for Syrian refugees

2. Share gender- and human rights-related training materials and contribute to the review of the UN Analytical Inventory of best practices in Combatting Sexual Violence in Conflict

The Right Programs

1. Scaling up

Research and Innovation

2. Create good practice products

Ireland

1. Ensure the protection of women and girls in emergencies is prioritized in development and humanitarian policy commitments. The protection of women and girls in emergencies will be a key policy priority of the Irish Government’s revised Humanitarian Policy and emerging policy on fragility contexts

2. Allocate specific human resources and technical specialist expertise in order to support effective humanitarian response to GBV in emergency and recovery contexts. This will involve proactive measures to deploy Gender, GBV and Protection Advisors through GenCap, in addition to a commitment to mainstream gender and GBV in all training for Irish Rapid Response deployees

3. Ensure that protection of women and girls in emergencies is part of the appraisal criteria for all recipients of Irish Aid humanitarian funding

4. Progressively increase funding to the protection of women and girls in emergency and recovery contexts over the coming three years. Ireland will allocate specific financial resources to ensure that gender, and sexual- and gender-based violence issues are addressed in every humanitarian operation, either those funded directly through civil society humanitarian partners or through wider pooled funding mechanisms to which Ireland is a contributor

5. Target support to civil society partners to conduct research, promote operational guidance and develop good practice in GBV

Being Prepared

1. Adapt internal systems to allow a more rapid response to VAWG in emergencies

The Right People

2. Expand emergency and surge deployment capacity

The Right Programs

3. Assessments and evaluations

4. Increase funding

Research and Innovation

5. Create good practice products

Japan

1. Support the Japan Platform (an international organization for emergency humanitarian aid with tripartite cooperation among 40 NGOs, business community and the Japanese government) to implement programs, which includes supporting vulnerable women/girls in emergencies

2. Commit to employ ODA in excess of US$3 billion over the next three years for implementing the PM’s initiative, “Toward a Society in which All Women Shine”, including support to women in the area of peace and security

3. Submit a draft resolution at UN CSW 2014 on women in natural disasters to follow up the previous resolution on the same theme

4. Develop a national action plan regarding women, peace and security, in cooperation with people working at the grass-roots level

The Right Programs

1. Scaling up

2. Increase funding

The Right Tools and Mechanisms

3. Develop new international frameworks

4. Develop new tools/guidance

Netherlands

1. Strong advocacy on rights of women and girls, prevention of GBV and post rape care, including safe abortion.

2. Strong support for a stand-alone gender target for the post 2015 agenda, including criteria for elimination of VAWG.

3. National Action Plan UN SCR 1325: promote women leadership, e.g. a project for Syrian women.

4. Special Task Force for women’s rights and gender equality started in March 2014 to ensure the gender dimension, including prevention of GBV is addressed in all our activities and interventions.

5. Gender is part of appraisal procedure in tender procedures.

6. Financial contribution to a.o. UN WOMEN (Mali).

Being Prepared

1. A.o. by gender and GBV training for the armed forces.

The Right Programs

1. Content and quality check via Quality@Entry procedures

The Right People

1. Task Force consisting of gender experts to guarantee gender focus, assist in quality of programs and interventions and support innovation.

2. Secondment of GBV experts to peacekeeping missions.

Norway

7. Support the mainstreaming of gender and efforts to combat violence against women and girls in the humanitarian programs of the major Norwegian organizations, such as the Norwegian Refugee Council, the Norwegian Red Cross, Norwegian Church Aid and Save the Children Norway

8. Work to ensure that the MISP for Reproductive Health available throughout all UN humanitarian response

9. Address VAWG as a mandatory point in policy dialogues with all major humanitarian organizations

10. Support the ICRC special appeal on sexual and gender based violence

The Right Programs

1. Mainstream and reduce the risks of VAWG

2. Scaling up

3. Accountability

4. Increase funding

Switzerland

1. Integrate protection from VAWG as lifesaving assistance in the Rapid Response mechanism

2. Scale up recruitments and secondments of GBV experts and protection advisors in Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit

3. Promote and enforce the Code of Conduct for humanitarian personnel

4. Strengthen accountability and dialogue with multilateral partners

Being Prepared

1. Adapt internal systems to allow a more rapid response to VAWG in emergencies

The Right People

2. Recruit experts

The Right Programs

3. Accountability

4. Accountability

United Kingdom

1. Support for the ICRC’s appeal, to ensure that the organization is responding as effectively as possible to sexual violence.

2. Identify opportunities to build the pool of GBV experts that can be deployed rapidly, or take up permanent positions in key agencies. To include support for the development and roll-out of training courses and mentoring programs

3. Increase funding for projects in Lebanon and Jordan to assist vulnerable families where girls may be at risk of early and forced marriage

4. Provide funding for support to survivors of violence within Syria, and those at risk of sexual violence, sexual exploitation and domestic violence

5. Ensure that all new humanitarian response programs are informed by an assessment of risks of VAWG by March 2014

6. Support the IRC’s work with adolescent girls in DRC, Pakistan and Ethiopia and build the evidence base on what works to prevent violence against girls in humanitarian contexts

Being Prepared

1. Support countries/country offices

The Right People

2. Expand emergency and surge deployment capacity

The Right Programs

3. Scaling up

4. Scaling up

The Right Tools and Mechanisms

5. Revise mechanisms

Research and Innovation

6. Develop innovative programming

United States

Through new Safe from the Start initiative:

1. Strengthen technical expert surge capacity at the global and regional levels

2. Support for promising mentorship and training schemes

3. Commit to increases in funding response to GBV and encourage partners to prioritize pursuing funding for GBV programming

4. In partnership with other donors and stakeholders, identify clear expectations of key actors throughout the humanitarian system to ensure prevention and response of GBV is addressed from the early phases of an emergency

5. Strengthen SEA prevention and response

6. Develop a framework and timeline for GBV prevention and response activities that must be prioritized and put in place from the onset of emergencies

7. Support the development of guidelines and training materials to ensure actors at all levels have the skills and competencies to uphold their responsibilities at the early phases of an emergency

8. Identify and test new strategies to ensure women and girls participate in the design of broader relief efforts throughout the program cycle

9. Assess why existing resources, guidelines and standards that support the identification and mitigation of GBV are not widely and consistently used

10. Build the evidence base for what works in GBV prevention and response and share best practices

The Right People

1. Expand emergency and surge deployment capacity

2. Build internal knowledge and capacity to prevent and respond to VAWG, including through training

The Right Programs

3. Increase funding

4. Accountability

5. Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)

The Right Tools and Mechanisms

6. Develop new tools/guidance

7. Develop new tools/guidance

Research and Innovation

8. Develop innovative programming

9. Develop new research initiatives

10. Share information


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