Multistakeholder Pledge: Gender Equality and Protection from Gender-Based Violence

Key outcomes

Displaced and stateless women and girls have improved access to inclusive and quality gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response services; and innovative partnerships with Women Refugee-led Organizations (WRLOs) working on gender equality and GBV. Concrete commitments could focus on:

  • Ensuring that the legal and policy framework, national development plans, national strategies on GBV are inclusive of asylum seekers and refugees to increase access to essential and lifesaving services and support.
  • Strengthening national system capacities that can meet the needs of asylum seeker and refugee survivors and persons at-risk of GBV in addition to the host community. This includes provisions for emergency preparedness and scaling up response capacity.
  • Increasing the availability, access and quality of services and supports available to survivors and persons at-risk of GBV in all locations particularly hard-to-reach locations.
  • Enhancing linkages and referral pathways between services and support available for survivors and persons at-risk of GBV where necessary to ensure a coordinated multi-sectoral system.
  • Inclusion of asylum seekers and refuges into GBV prevention programmes that work with diverse communities to address the harmful gender norms and gender inequality.
  • Transitioning to predictable multi-year financing to support GBV service provision.
  • Providing direct and flexible funding, resources, and opportunities to Women-Led Organizations including those led by forcibly displaced and stateless women, for humanitarian, peacebuilding, and development work.
  • Integration and inclusion of Women-Led Organizations including those led by forcibly displaced and stateless women in decision-making processes at all levels and across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus including at the national level.
  • Increasing formal, long-term partnerships with Women-Led Organizations including those led by forcibly displaced and stateless women, providing support to movement building and facilitation of access to key policy and donor spaces for Women-Led Organizations; particularly those led by forcibly displaced and stateless women.
  • Advocacy for the development of policies that ease operating environments to encourage the establishment and running of Women-Led Organizations including those led by forcibly displaced and stateless women.
  • Commitment to the promotion of gender equality across all spheres and in collaboration with relevant stakeholders through enacting and enforcing legislation that guarantees equal rights for women and girls.
  • Supporting learning, evidence-building, research, and advocacy initiatives for and with Women-Led Organizations including those led by forcibly displaced and stateless women.


Gender Equality and protection from GBV underline all GCR objectives. The GRF 2023 offers an opportunity to galvanize the collective action and accountability needed to address GBV and advance gender equality in the context of forced displacement. As the lead of the Call to Action on Protection from GBV in Emergencies (CtA), Germany welcomes multi-stakeholder commitments under the GRF 2023, particularly those which increase refugees’ access to prevention measures, survivor-centred services and promote leadership of refugee women.

Pledge description

The Call to Action+ (CtA+) pledge will contribute to strengthen national protection and relevant service systems, acknowledging and fostering meaningful participation of (refugee) women-led organizations there in:

  1. Survivors and persons at-risk of Gender-based Violence (GBV) among forcibly displaced and stateless people are protected, included and have safe and dignified access to quality GBV prevention interventions and response services thorough national systems in refugee hosting countries.
  2. Innovative collaboration and partnerships with women refugee-led organizations (WRLOs) and women-led organizations (WLOs) working on gender equality and protection from GBV in displacement settings.

Pledging guidance is available to support the development of concrete pledges, as well as a multi-stakeholder pledge development tracking tool and visualization map for contributing entities to facilitate collaboration such as pre-matching.

Commitments and pledge contributions include supporting contexts where host governments foster the inclusion of refugees in national systems in terms of protection and safe and dignified access to services. This includes enabling the role, participation and contribution of displaced women and refugee women-led organizations in shaping policies, designing and adapting relevant programs, supporting the provision of services and strengthening self-reliance.

Achievement of results depends on improved data gathering and analysis on gender, age, and disability dimensions of forced displacement as well as mainstreaming of gender and GBV risk mitigation measures. The pledge is transformative in scale and innovative in approach (i.e. advancing localization and ways of partnering with WRLOs).

Related pledges to match

GRF-00517 - Government of Ethiopia - Strengthening the Government of Ethiopia’s Asylum System and Social Protection Capacity. Find out more about matching this pledge.


Call to Action on Protection from GBV in Emergencies led by Germany, Chile, the UK, and Australia, supported by UNHCR, the Action Network on Forced Displacement as well as other key stakeholders



  • Government of Switzerland
  • Government of the United States of America

Contact details

Sabine Eismann (German Federal Foreign Office, CtA focal point) [email protected]; Constanze Quosh - [email protected]; Laura Crivelli - [email protected]; Sandra Siefert Stroem - [email protected]; Esther Kirimi - [email protected]


Contributions towards this multi-stakeholder pledge