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Minimum Standards for Prevention and Response to Gender Based Violence in Emergencies

This document by the UNFPA provides guidance for humanitarian actors on effective and appropriate prevention and response to gender-based violence (GBV) in humanitarian settings. Developed based on international best practices, the guidance provided can be applied across various emergency contexts. It aims to strengthen the mechanisms of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) for the coordination and action of humanitarian agencies in cases of emergencies.

The document is separated into three sections that provide guidance on separate Standards for GBV prevention and response. Each section accompanies a set of Key Actions that are core activities to achieve the set Standard,  which need to be contextualised in each humanitarian setting and stages of an emergency. The document also consists of Indicators to measure and evaluate the progress of meeting each Standard, and as well as Guidance Notes on addressing practical issues and problems that arise, and tips for ensuring the participation of women, girls, boys, and men.

Contents of the Document

Part One provides guidance on Foundational Standards such as engaging communities, supporting national systems, promoting positive gender and social norms, and collecting and utilising data.

Part Two covers guidance on Standards to ensure when providing access to reproductive health services for GBV survivors, clinical management of rape, distribution of dignity kits, and facilitating referral systems to psychosocial support, safety and security, justice and legal aid and socioeconomic support.

In Part Three, guidance is provided on Standards regarding GBV assessment, coordination, advocacy and communications, and securing human and financial resources in emergencies.