Ending GBV




We All Have a Role in Ending GBV!

As humanitarians, we all have a role to play in ending gender-based violence (GBV) before, during, and after an emergency. Both GBV specialists working with survivors and at-risk populations directly, and also humanitarian workers in other sectors as WASH, Logistics, Education, or Nutrition, have a collective responsibility.

In 2021 the Gender-Based Violence Area of Responsibility wants to explore this concept with its partners across the humanitarian spectrum. We want to come together and explore the actions, whether they are in planning, implementation, or evaluation to find out how we are collectively supporting the needs of women and girls, and what is our big picture.

We also invite our colleagues working in the field, to share what they need when planning to respond to GBV, or preventing it in their own context.

Across the 16 Days, we will have several social media interactions, events, and podcasts. Some will reflect this broader theme, while others will be related to other areas of GBV programming. These will be happening at a global, regional and local level. Keep an eye on this page for more information.

The hashtag that ties all our social media activities is #EndGBVTogether.

The Call To Action Accountability Framework

The Accountability Framework (previously known as Real-Time Accountability Partnership on GBV in Emergencies) helps key humanitarian agencies to work toward system-wide accountability for GBV prevention and response. Our goal is for all actors to prioritize and coordinate GBV response services and integrate GBV prevention across sectors from the outset of an emergency.

The GBV Guidelines resource page hosted by the GBV Guidelines Implementation Support Team has thematic guides covering GBV and the following sectors:

  • Camp Coordination & Camp Management
  • Child Protection
  • Education
  • Food Security and Agriculture
  • Health
  • Housing, Land and Property
  • Humanitarian Mine Action
  • Livelihoods
  • Nutrition
  • Protection
  • Shelter, Settlement and Recovery
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Join Our #EndGBVTogether 90 Second Video Campaign For the 16 Days

Calling all humanitarian actors!!! Will you join our campaign and record a short video explaining what you are doing and what you need to end Gender-Based Violence?

As humanitarians, we all have a role in ending gender-based violence. Whether you are a GBV specialist working with women and girls or as a humanitarian worker in the sectors such as WASH, logistics, education, or nutrition, each of us can play a role in ending GBV before, during, and after an emergency.

To take part in the campaign, you need to record a short video of 90 seconds and say:

1) What are you doing to end GBV?


2) What support do you need to end GBV?

Once recorded, you can post it on Twitter or Facebook and write a short message explaining how your work supports Women and Girls in a Humanitarian environment. Add the hastags #EndGBVTogether and #16Days

We invite you to start posting the videos before the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence so that over the campaign period, they gather momentum online.

Join us, and let’s #EndGBVTogether.

Hannah Rose Holloway Co-Coordinator of the Mine Action AoR on GBV mitigation

Aliou Salihou Maiga GBV Subcluster in CAR calls for survivor centred case management

José Iván Davalos from IOM Ecuador outlines what they are doing to end #GBV #EndGBVTogether

Violences basées sur le genre et technologies en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre

Juanita Urrego de GBVAoR en Colombia sobre el mapeo nacional de actores de violencia de género

Dr. Nenette Motus, Regional Director for IOM in Asia and the Pacific

Chiara Oriti (GBV AOR Colombia) sobre las necesidades de mujeres y niñas en relación a la VBG

Cecilia Bertolini de la GBVAoR en Colombia sobre la coordinación humanitaria de actores

Sofia, Cox's Bazaar's GBV Sub-Sector coord explains working with local partners

IPPF joins the 16days Campaign

Global Shelter Cluster joins the campaign

Rejoignez Rosine, experte WASH chez Plan International au Cameroun

16 Days Past Present and Future: Find Out How the Campaign Got Started

Thirty years ago, the first 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence was held and acted as a rallying point for groups and individuals who campaign on this issue. The idea started at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University. Since 1991, over 6,000 organizations in 187 countries have taken part in activities, and the momentum of the activities continues to grow.

Professor Charlotte Bunch of the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership was one of the founders of the first 16 Days Campaign, and agreed for an interview for a special podcast entitled, The 16 Days, Past, Present, and Future. She is a prolific campaigner and writer of over 250 articles and books on topics ranging from women’s leadership, feminism, peace, human rights, and human security.

Download our podcast for an exploration of these special days

Rise Up With the GBV Working Group for East and Southern Africa

Members of the Regional GBV Working Group for East and Southern Africa have come together with a special social media video campaign highlighting different aspects of their work. Each day, one organisation discusses a theme on how they are working to end #GBV. Let their voices rise up! 16 Active Voices on the #16Days of Activism.”

The GBV subcluser in #SouthSudan sets out its GBV strategy!

Join Jessica Gorham from the @GBVAoR1 in East+Southern, Africa to applaud our #GBV Coordinators

Mwangi Daniel from IOM South Sudan is working to change the mindset of men& boys

Amal, a CP officer with Taakulo Somali Community org , calls for an end to this practice

Child‍ marriage & early pregnancy are too common amongst girls. Helen from WorldVision explains more.

Marlène, a volunteer with the Red Cross in Burundi, brings enthusiasm and dedication to her work.

Listen to Solange, from the Tearfund as she speaks about empowering and equipping survivors of GBV

Listen to Mandy Ruka from Plan Int in #Zimbabwe as she challenges social norms against girls.

Mary Achom from @Care South Sudan explains how alternative income generation can mitigate #GBV

Meet Ernesto from @CARE Mozambique who tells us about their work supporting vulnerable women & girls!

Listen to Agnes, Tichaona & Ulilia from CARE as they talk about GBV & rebuilding female self-esteem.

Let’s listen to Madalitso, from Plan Malawi as she speaks about engaging with men and boys on GBV

The children's joy is contagious! Experience the joy of “Judo for Peace” a partner org of UNHCR

Listen to Cynthia, Dora & Melissa from Zambian ministeries as they call for an end to GBV

Discutons La PEAS! (Épisode 1)

Dans le cadre des 16 Jours d’activisme 2021 contre la violence faite aux femmes, le GBV AoR présente une nouvelle série de podcasts en français sur la protection contre l’exploitation et les abus sexuels. Etant #TousUnisContreLesVBG nous voulons mettre un accent sur la problématique de l’EAS pour ainsi mieux équiper les acteurs humanitaires dans leurs efforts de réduction des risques, d’assistance aux survivantes, de coordination, de prévention, et detravail avec les communautés et rapportage/enquêtes.

Suivez Fabiola Wizeye Ngeruka de la MINUSMA au Mali et Noemi Dalmonte du GBV AoR à UNFPA en Afrique de l’Ouest et de Centre échanger sur les 6 principes fondamentaux du Comité Permanent Inter organisation IASC en matière d’l’exploitation et les abus sexuels. Voici notre premier épisode!


30 years of fighting gender-based violence: what progress has been made in West Africa?

Date: 7 December
Time: 12:00PM to 2:00PM GMT / 3:00 PM Nairobi / 7:00 PM Bangkok
Register: Zoom Link

We are pleased to invite you to a Panel Discussion on 30 years of fighting gender-based violence: what progress has been made in West Africa?scheduled for Tuesday 07th December 2021 from 12:00PM to 2:00PM GMT / 3:00 PM Nairobi / 7:00 PM Bangkok.

The discussion will gather representatives from the ECOWAS Centre for Gender Development, Oxfam International, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre’s, Women Peace and Security Institute (KAIPTC – WPSI) and the Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF) to mark the annual 16Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

The webinar will be an opportunity to reflect on 30 years of activism, examining the progress made and highlighting the work on GBV in countries and the region, looking at gender-based violence as a pandemic in the midst Covid-19 pandemic and government and intergovernmental actors’ response to end gender-based violence (GBV) in West Africa, the challenges faced and how to build back more gender equal societies.

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Orange the World, End Violence Against Women Now (An Arab States InterAgency Webinar)

Date: 8 December
Time: 10.00-12.00
Register: Zoom Link

We are happy to invite you for an UN interagency webinar: “Orange the world: end violence against women now!” Which will take place next Wednesday December 8th from 10 am to 12pm (Cairo time).

To mark this year’s 16 days of activism in the Arab States region, the Regional Offices of UN Women, WHO, and UNFPA, GBV Area of Responsibility, and other agencies are planning an interagency webinar addressing the complexity of Violence Against Women and Girls in the Arab States.

A plenary session will open the event followed by four break-out rooms addressing the complexity and challenges of Violence Against Women and Girls in the Arab States:

  1. Keeping women safe from violence: opportunities and threats in the online space
  2. Impact of COVID-19 on GBV and HIV survivors: from access to services to social barriers
  3. GBV in the humanitarian context
  4. Findings from Sitan report: State of women and girls in the Arab States region
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Violences basées sur le genre et technologies en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre

Date: 8 décembre
Temps: 19:30-11:00 Port-au-Prince, 14:30-16:00 Dakar, 15:30-17:00 N’Djamena/Genève,16:30-18:00 Goma/Bujumbura
Voir: Lien YouTube

Si l’espace online s’est montré vital en donnant la voix aux femmes et aux filles, aider a leur autonomisation et leur offrir des opportunités d’une part, cet espace est également le théâtre d’un nombre grandissant d’abus et violence d’autre part. Ce sont 85% des femmes et des filles du monde et 90% en Afrique qui ont vécu ou ont été témoins de violences en ligne. Le virtuel est réel.

Rejoignez cette première conversation des acteurs de lutte contre les VBG en pour mieux comprendre comment adresser la problématique pour un usage positif des nouvelles technologies en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre.

Ouverture et introduction sur la cyber-violence liée au genre (Noemi Dalmonte, UNFPA – GBV AoR)

  • Cyber violence liée au genre en Afrique De l’Ouest et du Centre (Carmen Corbin, UNODC) Les filles et la cyber violence : comment adresser la problématique dans le programme et le plaidoyer (Tatiana Zebaze, Plan International)
  • Prévention et réduction des risques des VBG : l’usage du numérique pour les programmes de sensibilisation à la VBG (Luna Roveda, UNHCR)
  • Questions et réponses Agenda de la session : Un wébinaire organisé par le Groupe de Travail VBG et le Groupe Thématique Genre
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16 Days Overview 2021

For an overview of some of the activity the GBV AoR undertook at a global and regional level please download the following presentation.

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