GBV in Shelter Programming Working Group

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In humanitarian crises, women and children are highly vulnerable to violence and exploitation due to their lower socio-economic status grounded in pre-existing inequalities and discriminative social and legal norms. Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is an umbrella term for any harmful act that is perpetrated against a person's will and that is based on socially ascribed (i.e. gender) differences between males and females. This working group aims to provide tools to help shelter actors to mainstream GBV risk mitigation, ultimately reducing vulnerabilities to GBV, particularly for women and girls, in their shelter programming. This WG is led by CARE International UK and IOM.


Even in an emergency, no-one wants to live in a camp. given the choice anyone would rather live with a host family in rental accommodation or return to rebuild their home. However, for some people there is no choice and a camp must be built.

This short animation has a particular focus on reducing Gender Based Violence through careful site planning. In so doing it highlights some key actions and positive steps that people involved in site planning need to undertake. 


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