UNGA: Call to Action on Protection from Gender-based Violence in Emergencies

Statement by State Secretary Marianne Hagen at the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-based Violence in Emergencies, 25 September 2020.

Let me first take this opportunity to thank all the active members of the Call to Action network for their tremendous efforts to fight gender-based violence in emergencies.

I would also like to express my gratitude to the Government of Canada for its leadership, and to congratulate Denmark on assuming the chairmanship of this important network.

From 1 October, Norway will be co-chairing the Call to Action States and Donors Working Group together with the UK.

The prevention of and response to sexual and gender-based violence must be given high priority. This is not a stand-alone issue. Protecting those at risk and assisting the survivors of such acts of violence must be at the core of both our humanitarian response and our longer-term efforts to promote peace and development. 

Norway will continue to keep SGBV high on the agenda. I hope that as many as possible will join us at the follow-up event to the Conference in Oslo last year, which will take place at 10:00 EST on Monday.