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Guidelines for Integrating Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action

These guidelines set forth by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) equip humanitarian actors to coordinate, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate essential actions for the prevention and mitigation of gender-based violence (GBV) across humanitarian emergencies.

It provides guidelines to address various factors linked to GBV in humanitarian settings, including militarisation, lack of community and state protections, displacement, scarcity of essential resources, disruption of community services, changing cultural and gender norms, disrupted relationships, and weakened infrastructure.

It advocates how to strengthen national and community-based systems to promote resilience, for example, in the means of access to care and support for survivors. Furthermore, the document provides guidelines on aid recovery, where local and national capacities can be strengthened to create lasting GBV solutions.

Contents of the Document

The document consists of three sections:

Part One provides an introduction to the Guidelines, and an overview of GBV with definitions, the nature, scope and contributing factors to GBV, and recommendations to ensure implementation of the Guidelines.

Part Two provides an overview of thirteen Thematic Areas. It introduces key guiding principles and approaches for successful programme planning and implementation.

Part There elaborates the thirteen Thematic Areas, and provides specific guidance on GBV prevention and mitigation in those areas.