EMPOWER provides a framework for prevention of GBV /VAWG programming in emergencies that is both relevant within the first 12 weeks of an emergency and builds a foundation for longer-term prevention strategies. The EMPOWER resource seeks to demonstrate that thoughtful, transformative prevention programming can be designed and implemented from the outset of emergencies if we use a feminist lens. EMPOWER names strategies—that fall and are sequenced along a pathway to prevention. It emphasizes process and approach to programming over outcomes recognizing that accountability to and empowerment of women and girls in the determination, design and implementation of programming is working on the pathway to prevention.
The EMPOWER resource includes:
PRINCIPLES: Agreed upon best practice principles in prevention and select prevention approaches representative of the GBV sector and broader VAWG actors’ collective experience to date.
ACTIONS: Critical actions which specifically put into practice all eight best practice principles and suggest how to apply the three most relevant prevention approaches in acute emergencies while also covering key challenges and areas for further exploration.
TOOLS: Practical tools to facilitate women-led decision-making related to the design of prevention strategies and supervision tools covering recruitment, capacity building and shadowing of staff to help ensure prevention programming is accountable to women and girls.
- Empower – Tool 1 – Women-centered participatory discussions
- Empower – Tool 2 – Safety Mapping
- Empower – Tool 3 – GBV prevention candidate attitudes and beliefs survey
- Empower – Tool 4 – Facilitation observation checklist
- Empower – Tool 5 – Individual capacity assessment for GBV prevention staff
Arabic and French Resource Packages are forthcoming.