Resources for addressing gender-based violence against women and girls in humanitarian settings.


Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls in Acute Emergencies

To learn more, please read the EMPOWER resource package in English, French and Arabic.

EMPOWER provides a framework for prevention of gender-based violence against women and girls in emergencies that is both relevant within the first 12 weeks of an emergency, and builds a foundation for longer-term prevention strategies. EMPOWER seeks to demonstrate that thoughtful, transformative prevention programming can be implemented from the outset of emergencies, if we use a feminist lens to empower and be accountable to women and girls.

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.

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