Globally, an estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime.
There is growing recognition that people affected by crises can experience various forms of GBV during conflict, natural disasters and displacement. In these settings, existing support structures and prevention mechanisms are often compromised, while the risk of abuse and violence of all kinds increases, in particular for women and girls.
Despite this, the issue of GBV in emergencies has too often been overlooked during times of crises, or not considered to be a humanitarian need. Despite initiatives over the past ten years to implement GBV programmes in emergencies, the practical difficulties are complex and context specific.
In 2015, we realised the potential for innovation to improve humanitarian GBV was relatively unexplored and there was a lack of evidence as to what works.
We set about exploring this problem, beginning with the first ever GBV Gap Analysis: Opportunities for Innovation. This looked into the primary needs in humanitarian GBV where innovation could best support.
Since then, we’ve created new and targeted innovation approaches to tackle GBV and we’ve included the insights of people affected where appropriate and possible.
This year, we are funding a Gap Analysis that will help identify the most pressing gaps, or needs, to be addressed by the humanitarian community working to end gender-based violence (GBV).
The GBV Gap Analysis 2.0 will build on the work of the original GBV Gap Analysis published in 2016. It will expand the global situational analysis conducted to encompass GBV prevention, risk mitigation and response, and identify the most pressing gaps, or needs, to be addressed. In doing so, the GBV Gap Analysis 2.0 should increase attention to the priorities of women, girls and GBV practitioners affected by crisis.
Our HIF’s Technical Working Groups (TWGs) provide a greater depth of technical expertise in the thematic areas we focus on, including innovation for GBV in emergencies. Previously the GBV focus area has been guided by an Advisory Group, but we have now formalised its governance structure by building a TWG.
In November 2019, our HIF programme facilitated this transition to the TWG by convening technical experts who strive to represent the complex needs of innovation for GBV. The TWG members have varied GBV expertise such as: response, risk mitigation, prevention, in addition to gender, empowerment, women’s rights, health and protection.
Our GBV Technical Working Group (TWG) will help guide and inform our GBV work, from advising on exploratory pieces for the global community of practice, to refining our calls for innovation funding proposals.
We know that GBV (gender-based violence) is a widespread issue stemming from gender inequality, and that it occurs- and is often exacerbated- in humanitarian contexts. Despite this, efforts to end GBV in emergencies are underfunded and it is a constant challenge to tackle this complex violation of human rights. That's why I'm extremely proud that we contribute to addressing GBV through both our research and innovation programmes. I'm passionate about exploring how innovation can bring new and improved solutions for women and girls, survivors, practitioners, and the global community of practice, and how we can contribute to ending GBV by building an evidence base to support best practices and to ultimately prioritise GBV as a critical humanitarian issue.
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