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Gender-Based Violence

Preventing gender-based violence (GBV), harmful acts based on a person’s gender including threats, coercion, and acts of physical, sexual, or mental harm.

  • Prioritizing a survivor’s rights, needs, and wishes during design and implementation of gender-based violence programming.
  • Supporting the integration of gender-based violence prevention and response elements into a humanitarian response.
  • Advocating legal and cultural abandonment of GBV practices and the protection and support of survivors.


Acts of gender-based violence violate a number of universal human rights. Crises can exacerbate existing gender inequalities. The risks of gender-based violence increase in conflict-affected settings, particularly for women and girls. Men and boys can also be at risk of gender-based violence.

How We Work

Our work on this issue is led by the Sub-Working Group on Clinical Management of Rape (CMR) and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) — a dedicated group of IAWG members that brings together organizations working with health care providers and survivors in humanitarian settings to address challenges in the availability, accessibility and quality of clinical care for rape survivors. Learn about their current objectives, priorities, and latest work.


Sexual and reproductive health services remain critical during COVID-19

IAWG members and partners are producing clinical and programmatic guidance, assessments, policy papers, and statements to ensure continued prioritization of sexual and reproductive health and rights throughout COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings.