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Experiences of Refugee Women and Girls from the DRC: Learning from IRC’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment Programs in DRC, Tanzania, Burundi, and Uganda

Refugee resettlement agencies in the United States are preparing for an increase in Congolese refugee arrivals from Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, and nearby countries over the next 5 years. At least 20 percent of incoming Congolese refugees are expected to be resettled in the US under the women-at-risk category. Congolese refugee women and girls bring specific strengths and face particular challenges in their resettlement experiences. This backgrounder draws from IRC’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment work in DRC, Burundi, Tanzania, and Uganda to speak to experiences of Congolese women and girls prior to resettlement and to provide tips for those supporting Congolese refugee women and girls in the US. Read the full backgrounder and tips here


Reducing risk to save lives: Keys to building capacity for GBV response in emergencies

Violence against women and girls is a life-threatening protection issue – one that must be addressed from the earliest stages of emergency response. And yet, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) documents persistent barriers for emergency responders seeking to reduce risk to women and girls and increase access to life-saving services. This brief provides a summary of the IRC’s learning from a three-year initiative designed to equip emergency responders with the technical expertise, skills, and tools necessary to launch effective response to GBV. Read more here.


Bearing the Brunt: Women and Girls in the Central African Republic

In November 2013 donors, UN agencies and NGOs came together in a historic affirmation of their commitment to protecting women and girls from violence and sexual exploitation in emergencies. In a Call to Action hosted by the British and Swedish governments, humanitarian actors agreed to prioritise funding and programming on violence against women and girls (VAWG). Humanitarian actors also committed to prioritise women and girls needs at a High-Level Meeting on Humanitarian Action in the Central African Republic (CAR) in January 2014. These commitments are now being tested as the women and girls of CAR bear the brunt of the violence and suffering created by the latest conflict.

In response to the escalating crisis in CAR, donors and other actors should prioritise prevention and service delivery for survivors of VAWG. This life-saving programming should be equal to the scale of need in responding to survivors and keeping women and girls safe from sexual and physical violence. Experience worldwide and IRC’s specific experience in CAR shows that until services are established, women and girls will not come forward to report.  Read more here.


Caring for Child Survivors Research Brief

The Caring for Child Survivors initiative included the design, implementation and evaluation of a components-based mental health treatment for Somali refugee children in Ethiopia. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and research partners from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and Duke University completed an evaluation.  Researchers found ​that the intervention was feasible and acceptable in the refugee camp context and children participating in the intervention experienced an average decrease of over 70% in traumatic stress and emotional and behavioral problems. Read more about the findings here


Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls: Engaging Men Through Accountable Practice

An guide to transformative individual behavior change intervention for conflict-affected communities.  Read the introductory guide here.

ODI GBV in Emergencies

How can humanitarian agencies better prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV) in emergencies? On 18 February 2014, the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN) held an event to examine the challenges associated with prevention and response programming, the different forms of violence facing women and girls and the ways in which the needs of survivors can be better addressed in humanitarian crises.

IRC WPE featured in Humanitarian Exchange

Alina Potts and Virginia Zuco report on the International Rescue Committee (IRC)’s experience of operationalising GBV guidance.  If GBV programming is essential in emergencies, how do we do it? Developing a model to operationalise existing guidance.
 Aisha Bain and Marie-France Guimond uses examples from West Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to demonstrate how service-based data can be used to improve GBV programming.  Impacting the lives of survivors: using service-based data in GBV programmes.

Economic and Social Empowerment to Reduce Violence against Women Research Brief

New research out from IRC finds that pairing a dialogue group that engages couples on household gender dynamics with an economic empowerment program for women was more effective in reducing intimate partner violence in conflict-affected communities in Cote d’Ivoire than economic empowerment programming alone. Read the full brief here.

Transforming Gender Biases to Reduce Violence Against Women Research Brief

This research brief details an evaluation of a program designed to work with men to transform beliefs and attitudes. The evaluation shows that the program contributed to a reduction of intimate partner violence in Cote d'Ivoire. Read the full brief here.

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Member Voices

"Supporting and protecting women and girls during crises is crucial and urgent... It helps reestablish individual dignity and capacity, and contributes to community rehabilitation."
- Tamah Murfet, training participant