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The responsibility to prevent and respond to sexual and gender based violence in disasters and crises

Organisation: The International Federation for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Year: 2018

This report presents the research results from a sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) prevention and response led by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Socities (IFRC) in the Philippines (Typhoon Haiyan in 2013), Indonesia (Pidie Jaya earthquake and Bima floods in 2016) and Lao PDR (Oudomxay floods in 2016).

It explores why and how SGBV risks increase during humanitarian disasters, and looks at how humanitarian actors can better prevent and respond to those risks. All participants in the research described child marriage and intimate partner violence as the most prevalent types of SGBV in these contexts.

The authors hope that this research can help strengthen domestic disaster legislation, promoting coordination between governmental and non-governmental humanitarian actors, building partnerships at the national level, and strengthen the provision of local health, legal, and psychosocial support for those who have suffered such violence.

TAGS: Report Indonesia Laos Philippines Conflict and humanitarian crises