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The Call to Action on Protection from Gender-based Violence in Emergencies (Call to Action) is a global initiative launched in 2013 with one simple goal: to ensure that every humanitarian response, from the very start, provides safe and comprehensive services for GBV survivors and mitigate the risks of GBV. Members of the Call to Action are States and donors, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations. They have committed to take collective action to address GBV, to be mutually supportive in this lifesaving work, and to hold one another accountable for action.

To advance implementation of the Call to Action at the country level, Call to Action members working in Northeast Nigeria, the Nigerian Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development which chairs the Gender-Based Violence Sub-Working Group, and other stakeholders came together to pilot the development of a two-year Road Map for the most conflict affected states of Northeast Nigeria — Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. The Government of Nigeria has identified Protection and Gender as one of its three key priorities in the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan and pointed to implementation of the Call to Action as “a pivotal point and a critical foundation for stability and solutions in affected areas".

The Northeast Nigeria Road Map is a living document and will be adjusted over time as circumstances evolve.  It is hoped that additional government and civil society stakeholders will join the initiative, bringing their valuable perspectives and expertise to the work of protecting communities from GBV, especially women and girls.