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Gender Based Violence - Early Recovery Working Group

GBV is a life-threatening protection issue primarily affecting women and children.  All humanitarian actors have a responsibility to take action from the earliest stages of an emergency to prevent GBV and provide appropriate assistance to survivors. (IASC Guidelines for Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings, 2005).

On 28 August, children and women carry their belongings on their heads
as they wade throuhg knee-deep floodwater in Baseera, a village in Punjab Province.
Residents are returning to their homes as the floodwaters recede.
@UNICEF/NYHQ2010-1672/Marta Ramoneda
The recent devastating floods, have caused significant damages to human life, livestock and property. Massive displacement, poor living conditions, overcrowding in camps and lack of privacy, disruption of social networks and social norms and destruction of health and other support facilities have significantly exacerbated the already-acute vulnerabilities of women and girls  particularly to experience sexual and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV).  Police, legal, health, education and social services are disrupted; families and communities are separated. Against tradition, young boys and girls are sleeping in common spaces, women are in contact with men who are not their relatives, and mothers are forced to walk alone in search for firewood and other cooking materials.  Compounded with the mass displacement, the destruction of homes and livelihoods, separation of families and the limited access to basic hygiene items, particularly sanitary supplies, women and children are at great risk of GBV in the flood-affected regions of Pakistan.
In this context the GBV Sub-cluster aims to address both immediate humanitarian service delivery needs and action to prevent and respond to GBV, as well as longer-term development of services, systems, and structures to protect the affected population from GBV, with an emphasis on addressing the needs of women and girls. The Sub-Cluster hopes to institutionalize existing GBV mechanisms, enhance them with global good practice, and help take them to scale. The GBV Sub-cluster will work closely with and build upon the platform established by the Gender Task Force, recognising its good work efforts through its existing presence in country.

>> Gender-Based Violence (UNICEF-UNFPA Area of Responsibility)Page on OneResponse Website


Coordination Documents


Tools and Resources

Handbook for Coordinating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings, GBV AoR, 2010 NEW!!!


ENGLISH VERSION:   Short Version      Long Version
FRENCH VERSION (coming soon!)
ARABIC VERSION (coming soon!)

Feedback form: This handbook is a pilot version that will be finalized in 2012 after feedback from field-based actors. We would be very grateful if you would take a few minutes to send us your feedback.

Caring For Survivors Training Pack, IASC Sub-working Group on Gender in Humanitarian Action and GBV AoR, 2010  NEW!!!


Participant Modules: Psychosocial and Medical     Handouts
Facilitator Modules:  Psychosocial and Medical     Powerpoints
CFS in FRENCH (coming soon!)
CFS in ARABIC (coming soon!)
CFS in RUSSIAN (coming soon!)
CFS in SPANISH (coming soon!)

Standard Operational Procedures (SOPS), 2010 NEW!!!

SOP Guide in English and in French
SOP Workshop Package in English and in French (Coming Soon!)

IASC Guidelines for Gender-based Violence  Interventions in Humanitarian Settings, Focusing on Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence in Emergencies, 2005

IASC GBV Guidelines in English
IASC GBV Guidelines in French
IASC GBV Guidelines in Arabic 
IASC GBV Guidelines in Spanish

Ethical and safety recommendations for researching, documenting and monitoring sexual violence in emergencies, WHO, 2007

WHO Summary of Guidelines
Dos and Don’ts on reporting and interpreting data on sexual violence from conflict-affected countries

Gender Handbook for Humanitarian Action, Women, Girls, Boys and Men – Different Need Equal Opportunities, IASC, 2006

IASC Gender Handbook in English
IASC Gender Handbook in French
IASC Gender Handbook in Arabic
IASC Gender Handbook in Spanish
IASC Gender Handbook in Russian


Sujata Tuladhar
GBV Programme Analyst
Tel. 0300 5014304

Renuka Swami
IM Officer, Islamabad
Tel. 0300 500 4536

Shabana Aman
Provincial GBV coordinator, KPK
Tel. 0345 5007224

Sajida Ali
Provincial GBV coordinator, South Sindh
Tel. 0331 2734878

Provincial GBV coordinator, Balochistan
Tel. 0313 6354525

Meeting Schedule

Next Islamabad GBV SC Meeting

GBV Sub Cluster Meeting Minutes-National & Provincial

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