Foundational Standards Prevention & Response Operational
Participation Healthcare Preparedness & Assessment
National Systems  Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Coordination
Positive Social & Gender Norms Safety & Security Advocacy & Communications
Data Collection & Use Justice & Legal Aid  Monitoring & Evaluation
  Dignity Kits Human Resources
  Socio-economic Empowerment Resource Mobilization
  Referral Systems  

18 minimum standards


Participation: Communities, including women and girls, must be engaged as active partners to end GBV and to promote survivors’ access to services.
National Systems: Actions to prevent, mitigate and respond to GBV in emergencies strengthen national systems and build local capacities. 
Positive Gender & Social Norms: Preparedness, prevention and response programming promotes positive social and gender norms to address GBV.
Collecting & Using Data: Quality, disaggregated, gender sensitive data on the nature and scope of GBV and on the availability and accessibility of services informs programming decisions, policy dialogue and advocacy.
Healthcare: GBV survivors, including women, men, girls and boys, access quality, life-saving healthcare services, specifically clinical management of rape (CMR).
Mental Health & Psychosocial Support: GBV survivors have safe access to quality mental health and psychosocial support focused on healing, empowerment and recovery.
Safety & Security: Safety and security measures are in place to prevent and mitigate gender based violence and protect survivors.
Dignity Kits: Culturally relevant dignity kits distributed to affected populations to reduce vulnerability and connect women and girls to information and support services.
Justice & Legal Aid: The legal and justice sectors protect survivors’ rights and support their access to justice consistent with international standards.
Socio-Economic Empowerment: Women and adolescent girls access livelihood support to mitigate the risk of GBV, and survivors access socio-economic support as part of a multi-sector response.
 Referral Systems: Referral systems are established to connect women, girls and other at-risk groups to appropriate multi-sector GBV prevention and response services in a timely and safe manner.
Mainstreaming: GBV risk mitigation and survivor support are integrated across humanitarian sectors at every stage of the programme cycle and throughout the emergency response.
Preparedness & Assessment: Potential GBV risks and vulnerable groups are identified through quality gender sensitive assessments and risk mitigation measures are put in place before the onset of an emergency.
Coordination: Coordination results in effective action to protect women and girls, boys and men, mitigate and prevent gender-based violence, and promote survivors’ access to multi-sector services.
Advocacy & Communication: Coordinated advocacy and communication leads to increased funding and changes in policies and practice that mitigate the risk of GBV, promote resilience of women and girls, and encourage a protective environment for all.
Monitoring & Evaluation: Objective information collected ethically and safely, is used to improve the quality and accountability of GBV programs.
Human Resources: Qualified, competent, skilled staff are rapidly recruited and deployed to design, coordinate and/or implement programmes to prevent and respond to GBV in emergencies.
Resource Mobilization: Dedicated financial resources are mobilized in a timely manner to prevent, mitigate and respond to GBV in emergencies.