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Gender-based violence (GBV) in emergencies programming in the Philippines has been guided by international guidelines and standards as well as by national policy and legal frameworks on gender and development, child protection and disaster risk reduction and management.

Though several preventive and life-saving interventions have been put in place, there is still a need to gather empirical data on how GBV has been prevented and responded to effectively.

In improving its GBV programming in emergencies, it is important that organisations engage crises-affected individuals and communities – not just as beneficiaries but also as co-innovators in finding solutions that are inclusive and empowering.

It can guide the pathway for a more harmonised approach on GBV management, coordination, mainstreaming to other clusters, and monitoring and evaluation.


This innovation project is in the problem recognition phase, and therefore aims to provide a deeper understanding of localised GBV M&E approaches.

This GBV consortium, composed of five organisations from the Visayas Region of the Philippines, has been formed to conduct the very first study on the impact of GBV programming in emergencies in partnership with the HIF and Elrha.

Creative measurement tools will be co-designed by key humanitarian actors from the government agencies, UN, INGOs and local government units who had hands-on experiences on GBV in emergencies programming.

The initial tools that will be developed will be field tested, refined and validated while documenting the innovation processes, its challenges and lessons learned. Members from these crisis affected communities will also act as co-innovators in defining better and stronger GBV preventive and response measures.

The generation of evidence-based data on the impact of GBV in emergencies programming will inform the government, humanitarian clusters and local actors on how to better approach GBV prevention and response in terms of policies, allocation of resources, standardising, coordination works and innovation.


The project is expected to provide new insights, greater understanding and creative opportunities to better develop minimum and comprehensive GBV in emergencies programming in humanitarian situations. It is expected to strengthen synergies and complementation between gender and development, child protection and disaster risk reduction and management.

It can guide the pathway for a more harmonised approach on GBV management, coordination, mainstreaming to other clusters, and monitoring and evaluation.

By capturing the impact of GBV prevention and response measures from the previous and on-going humanitarian response, the project can better engage the local communities on strengthening existing community-based protection mechanisms. This way, it will increase local capacities, resiliency and sustainability.

As a result, the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours can challenge existing gender norms, traditional practices and inequalities that contribute to the prevalence of gender-based violence even in times of emergencies.

Young girls singing as part of Community Resiliency Model Skills to release their tension and manage trauma after the earthquake in Ormoc City. Credit: RDII
Young children advocate for the localisation of Children's Emergency Relief and Protection Act, where Gender-based Violence is being highlighted. Credit: RDII.
Conference with Children Partners supported by Save the Children as part of the Child Rights Governance Project. Credit: RDII
Consulting the IDP-turned volunteers and facilitators of the women-friendly space in Sagonsongan, Marawi City. Credit: Nhakz Divinagracia, Jr., SCHERZ Indigenous Creations
A Technical Working Group of GBViE champions was formed in support of the Consortium. Credit: Anna Ruiz.
A focus group discussion was conducted with displaced young girls using the GBV Tree exercise. Credit: Nhakz Divinagracia, Jr. of SCHERZ Indigenous Creations.

Latest Updates

What are we learning about capturing the impact of GBV programming?

9 Aug 2019

Scheree Herrera, GBViE Technical Specialist, shares how the study is progressing, and what they have learnt so far about the gaps in measuring GBViE impact.


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Capturing the Impact of Gender-based Violence Interventions in the Philippine Emergency Context

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