What is gender-based violence?
Gender-based violence (GBV) is a serious violation of human rights and a life-threatening health and protection issue and can take many forms such as intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation and so-called ‘honour crimes’.
GBV is rooted in gender inequality, the abuse of power and harmful norms. Read more on UNHCR's global website
What is gender equality?
UNHCR defines gender equality as the equal enjoyment of rights, responsibilities and opportunities of all people and means that the interests, needs and priorities of all are respected, regardless of their gender.
UNHCR recognizes that gender equality is fundamental to the well-being and rights of all people and is committed to ensuring that gender considerations are accounted for throughout our work, including in emergency contexts, and in providing health, education, shelter and settlement, WASH, cash-based interventions and livelihoods support.
UNHCR is committed to protecting and assisting refugees worldwide and to ensuring that international standards of protection are met.
In line with the United Nation’s overall efforts to advance gender equality and respect for human rights, the UNHCR Strategic Directions 2022-2026 emphasizes the importance of gender equality and lays out commitments to strengthen gender-based violence prevention, risk mitigation and response in accordance with UNHCR’s Policies on GBV and on Age, Gender and Diversity.
UNHCR has identified $344.5 million in global requirements to support forcibly displaced women, girls, men and boys in preventing and responding to gender-based violence in 2023.
Flexible support (unearmarked or softly earmarked to this purpose) helps UNHCR adapt its response in rapidly changing situations, including emergencies.
- Global Report 2022 - Gender-based violence chapter
- UNHCR: Heightened risks, violations and sexual violence reported by civilians fleeing Sudan | UNHCR
- UNHCR Policy on the Prevention of, Risk Mitigation, and Response to Gender-based Violence, 2020 (Available in Arabic, French and Spanish)
- Ethiopia assessment
- Forcibly Displaced Women at High Risk of Gender-Based Violence in Latin America
- GBV Prevention, Risk Mitigation And Response In Europe
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