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3 Resources for humanitarians to empower and protect displaced women and girls against Gender-Based Violence


During 16 Days of Activism, the Women's Participation Project (WPP) renews its determination to promote inclusive strategies, methodologies, and tools that empower and protect displaced women and girls around the world from Gender-Based Violence.

The project has been acknowledged for its inclusiveness in the Secretary-General Report on implementing the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy (2021). It is designed to ensure that women, adolescents, and women and girls with disabilities, who are at a heightened risk of Gender-Based Violence, are actively engaged throughout any intervention.

WPP currently supports 7 IOM country missions and humanitarian practitioners worldwide. It offers practitioners three open resources to address the lack of meaningful and active participation of women in leadership structures in camp management responses and beyond, which is a social-level contributing factor to gender-based violence as indicated in the guidelines for Integrating GBV interventions in humanitarian action.

  1. The Women's Participation Toolkit: a resource that supported more than 350 humanitarians in 12 countries in designing and evaluating inclusive interventions that enhance women and girls' participation in decision-making and governance structures. This toolset was created in 2015 in partnership with the Women's Refugee Commission in coordination with the Global Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster and has since reached more than 10,000 women and girls.
  2. The Community Coordination Toolbox: a toolkit that has helped more than 2700 humanitarians in 129 countries in facilitating the engagement of displaced women and marginalised groups in humanitarian planning and decision-making. This resource was developed by the Norwegian Refugee Council in partnership with IOM in 2020.
  3. The Community Engagement Forum: a community of practice that encourages exchanges among CCCM and other humanitarian practitioners to foster the engagement of women and communities affected by displacement within the humanitarian response. This platform was established and moderated by the Norwegian Refugee Council in 2022 in partnership with IOM.

The Women's Participation Project will continue to support humanitarian professionals in empowering and engaging women worldwide through IOM missions, interagency advocacy, and coordination to help mitigate the risks of gender-based violence.

The project and the resources mentioned have been made possible by the "Safe from the Start" Initiative Funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM).


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