Gender Based Violence Protection (GBV) programmes are inter-woven into social norms and power relations. GBV is not only a fundamental violation of human rights, but leaves deep scars on societies that it affects, both in terms of psychosocial trauma, community cohesion and stigmatization of survivors, and development outcomes. The threat of Gender Based Violence (GBV) amplified by the conflict, poverty and diseases like HIV/AIDS; the humanitarian situation continues to expose communities and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to major protection risks – with limited access to reproductive health and GBV prevention and response services.
This strategy describes and analyses the Gender Based Violence situation, including prevention, mitigation and response in terms of medical, case management and psychosocial support, safety and security, mental health, access to justice and rule of law and coordination, indicating the actual needs, challenges and response. It also includes a detailed and comprehensive plan of action with activities that reflect the priorities and needs identified by the communities and Gender Based Violence actors. It presents a valuable guide to critical lifesaving interventions that will ensure not only protection of women, girls, boys and men from GBV but empower them to become full functioning individuals in communities. It promotes the principle of inclusiveness and participation of affected individuals and communities to define the parameters for the framework of interventions for Gender Based Violence Protection, response and mitigation.
The purpose of the EYDI Gender Based Violence Protection intervention is to provide guidelines and standardized approaches to GBV prevention, mitigation and response in emergency settings to reduce its vulnerability and also to improve understanding on how to achieve improved outcomes for people living in areas affected by the GBV. The objectives for Gender Based Violence Protection;
This contributes to enhanced capacity to better cope with the impacts of GBV and reduced exposure of women, girls, boys and men to violence. This strategy is aimed at promoting accountability through strengthened coordination, community participation, access to justice, prevention and response through service provision.