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GBV risk mitigation in humanitarian crises during COVID-19
This mixed methods study examines how humanitarian practitioners, especially those in non-protection sectors, are incorporating COVID-19 guidance to mitigate risk of gender-based violence (GBV) toward women and girls, as well as barriers and challenges to guidance uptake.
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Scott, MD, MPH (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
Evidence demonstrates that the risk of Gender-based Violence (GBV), including intimate partner violence (IPV), increases during humanitarian crises. Response efforts (i.e. quarantine) to control the spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) may exacerbate IPV risk by limiting women’s options to distance themselves from perpetrators of violence and by reducing survivors’ access to GBV, health, and psychosocial services.
This research aims to advance understanding on how COVID-19 guidance on GBV risk mitigation is being adapted and implemented, gaps in current guidance, and barriers to adoption and implementation.
Guidance on GBV risk mitigation is critical for protecting women and girls during the COVID-19 pandemic; however, it is only effective if we understand what factors influence its implementation. Our multi-disciplinary team of humanitarian practitioners will collect field-based evidence to improve guidance and strengthen GBV risk mitigation in humanitarian contexts.
Jennifer Scott, MD, MPH, Principal Investigator
Expected outputs include:
Evidence to refine the Global Guidance on GBV risk mitigation for use during the current COVID-19 response, including quantitative and qualitative data and mobile app analytics. A series of case examples (across sectors and regions) will be developed for learning among humanitarian practitioners.
Expected outcomes include:
Improved global guidance on mitigating GBV risk in non-protection sectors. Evidence will be shared with the multi-agency team developing Global Guidance on GBV risk mitigation to improve and refine guidance.
Strengthened implementation of GBV risk mitigation measures and reduced GBV risk. Practitioners will use improved guidance, leading to reduced risk of GBV for women and girls during the current COVID-19 outbreak.
Potential longer-term outcomes include:
Advancing the evidence base on GBV risk mitigation in non-protection humanitarian sectors.
Improved GBV risk mitigation in future outbreaks.
Contribution to other tools, guidance and training materials.
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