GBV Sub-Working Group

Overall goal:

  • The IAWG GBV SWG aims to improve quality, access, and availability of priority minimum and comprehensive GBV services in humanitarian settings through improved cross sector collaboration, engaging in the establishment of technical standards and advocacy for GBV related aspects of SRH and rights.

Gender-based violence:

  • Serve as a discussion platform/network/think tank for GBV programming and new innovative approaches.
    • Activities:
    • Monthly SWG meetings with agendas and minutes.
    • Presentations from external/internal members on relevant topics.
    • Monthly updates from sub-sub-working groups.
  • Review current status advocate for GBV protocols to be developed in countries with existing humanitarian emergencies or who are at risk because protocols do not exist.
    • Activities:
    • Map out lack of national GBV protocols in countries with existing humanitarian emergencies or who are at risk.
    • Representatives from UNFPA and WHO to be engaged.
    • Existence and quality
  • Support efforts to integrate clinical management of rape (CMR)/clinical care for sexual assault survivors (CCSAS) trainings into curricula of national training institutions (nurses, midwives, medical doctors (MDs)).
    • Activities:
    • Advocacy
    • Technical support
    • Liaise with WHO as they develop the CMR training
  • Provide technical support to operational research or intervention implementation, clinical care quality, protocol changes, etc.
    • Activities:
    • Community based care for GBV survivors (WRC).
    • Active identification of GBV survivors in health facilities (IRC).
  • Support efforts around community engagement and local partner engagement during humanitarian emergencies.
    • Activities:
    • Identify eligible partners in countries with/at risk of humanitarian emergencies.
    • Capacity building/assist/support local partners identified.
    • Share contacts of local partners with the wider SRH community.
  • Ensure health sector engagement and ownership over aspects of GBV (beyond sexual violence (SV)) that are related to health service provision. Make sure that the health sector lives up to its responsibilities and encourages participation in discussions around future roles. Influence and participate in global/regional/national decisions or resource development (protocols/guidelines) around GBV and SRH.
    • Activities:
    • WHO GBV guidelines for review
    • MISP revised module
    • Health cluster guide
    • IAFM
  • Strengthen health sector GBV data collection/M&E and evaluate standard indicators, data-bases used, etc.
    • Activities:
    • Learn more about the status of GBV information management systems (IMS).
    • Find ways to share/use data that has been collected.
  • Actively address gaps in current GBV programming (comprehensive abortion care, emergency contraception, quality service provision). Ensure that the next IAWG global evaluation will show increased availability of quality services for GBV survivors in humanitarian crises.
    • Activities:
    • Link with the SAC SWG to better understand how the two SWGs overlap and can collaborate.