In line with this year’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) themes – social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls – panelists in this event will explore how the Call to Action on Protection from Genderbased Violence in Emergencies (Call to Action) is helping to strengthen the protection of women and girls during humanitarian crises. Humanitarian crises tend to exacerbate pre-existing vulnerabilities due to the breakdown of existing social protection systems, both at State, community and family levels. This environment exposes crisesaffected populations, especially women and girls to higher risks of violence, exploitation and abuse, including gender-based violence (GBV). Having access to essential services and resources are factors that can contribute to increase individual resilience. By enabling access to essential support and services like healthcare, livelihoods and shelter, among others, humanitarian actors can prevent and mitigate risks as well as the potential consequences of GBV. Moreover, by supporting these systems from the onset of an emergency, the humanitarian response can lower the burden on national social protection systems and accelerate the response and recovery process. It is in this context that the Call to Action initiative pushes humanitarian responses to integrate GBV risk mitigation and response, and mainstream gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls to prevent GBV, from the onset of an emergency. This discussion will thus contribute to increasing knowledge and support around efforts currently under way to mitigate and respond to the unique vulnerabilities women and girls may face from the onset of an emergency, reflecting on commitments articulated in the Call to Action on Protection from GenderBased Violence in Emergencies (the Call to Action).
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