Details for Action against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: An Updated Strategy

Name:Action against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: An Updated Strategy

billede_lillaSexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) threatens displaced women and girls, as well as men and boys, in all regions of the world. Creating safe environments and mitigating the risk of SGBV can only be achieved by addressing gender inequality and discrimination.

While the scourge of SGBV is receiving much more attention internationally – as illustrated by Security Council Resolutions 1820, 1888 and 1960 – preventing SGBV is a complex challenge. To assist operations in addressing this core protection concern, UNHCR is presenting the Action against Sexual- and Gender-Based Violence: An Updated Strategy.

This strategy provides a structure to assist UNHCR operations in dealing with SGBV on the basis of a multi-sectoral and interagency approach. UNHCR policies and programmes have for many years helped operations to address SGBV in coordination with other actors. 80% of operations in urban settings and 93% in camp settings work with SGBV Standard Operating Procedures which strengthen cooperation between partners. Moreover, support to community-based organisations has given communities a greater sense of ownership in addressing SGBV.

Today’s protection environment is fraught with challenges and filled with opportunities, which should be carefully considered when devising responses. Challenges include the prevalence of impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, changing gender roles during displacement, and the increasing number of women and children of concern to UNHCR who live in urban areas and face particular protection risks due to their often precarious status. Equally, changing gender roles can also present opportunities for displaced people, as can the recognition by the international community of the essential role of women in peacebuilding, and of the safety and security of civilian populations.

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