The Inter-Agency Minimum Standards for Gender-based Violence in Emergencies Programming
In 2019, the GBV Area of Responsibility (AoR) developed 16 Minimum Standards that aim to “establish a common understanding of what constitutes minimum GBV prevention and response programming in emergencies” (GBViE MS). The Minimum Standards seek to establish a common understanding of what programs should seek to achieve to be 1) reflective of good practice and 2) not cause harm. By achieving these minimums, humanitarian agencies will implement GBV programming that meets adequate quality, enhances accountability, and improves programme quality. Engagement of women and girls is critical to the implementation of the Minimum Standards, and women and girls should be key actors throughout the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the standards.
The Minimum Standards lay out a number of principles that underlie their implementation. These principles can also be helpful to guide monitoring and evaluation (M&E) practices that help measure the progress of implementing the Minimum Standards.