Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) prevention, risk mitigation and response – promising practices

Authored by: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Categories: Human Rights
Sub-Categories: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Year: 2020
Citation: “Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Prevention, Risk Mitigation and Response - Promising Practices.” United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, May 2020.

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Executive Summary

Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is a violation of human rights that denies the human dignity of the individual and hurts human development. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is committed to ending all forms of SGBV. Across all operations, UNHCR employs a range of programming measures to prevent, mitigate and respond to SGBV.

Documenting promising practices on SGBV prevention, risk mitigation and response means creating a record of what works, when it works and how it works, thus contributing to a process of learning, knowledge development and sharing that is beneficial for the whole organization and the wider community of practitioners. A promising practice facilitates learning by generating lessons that are relevant for dissemination and by providing knowledge to inform the broader thinking about SGBV prevention, risk mitigation and response.

The summaries collected here are the first installment in a process that UNHCR plans to undertake regularly to build documentation, results and evidence, as well as to recognize and inspire. It also aims to complement the published volumes of Gender Equality Promising Practices.

It is important to note that some of the practices contained here are already well established in various contexts; this documentation sought to identify the unique aspects of their adaptation and replication in a humanitarian context.