Gender-based violence is a violation of human rights. Any harm or suffering that is perpetrated against a woman or girl, man or boy and that has a negative impact on the physical, sexual or psychological health, development or identity of the person. The cause of the violence is founded in gender-based power inequalities and gender-based discrimination.
Gender-based violence occurs in homes but also in schools, at workplaces, parks and other public places. GBV is sometimes random but often, particularly when the perpetrator knows the victim, repeated and systematic.
SWDC’s Protection and Response of GBV:
In order to prevent GBV and to protect and bring justice to survivors, SWDC has an strategy which includes: Preventing violence, strengthening legal and policy frameworks, and improving response services for survivors. Supporting different programs and projects aligned with cooperation partners’ priorities on ending GBV is a priority in SWDC’s development cooperation.
Poverty and socioeconomic insecurity are also one of the factors contributing to GBV, early marriages and sexual violence in displacement. Therefore, SWDC helps financially to the poor too.
The threat of gender-based violence (GBV) reinforced by the conflict, drought and poverty in Somalia. The prevalence of GBV is exacerbated when the emergency is affecting. The humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to expose communities and internally displaced persons to serious protection risks – with limited access to reproductive health and GBV prevention and response services. But SWDC is working intensively to fight GBV in Somalia
GBV prevention strategies are basically associated with efforts to increase gender equality more generally.
Some of SWDC’s prevention strategies are:
- Efforts to increase women’s economic empowerment
- Efforts to increase women’s political participation and influence
- Increase awareness and enhance systems for the prevention of GBV
- Increase access to a comprehensive and well-coordinated GBV response services including livelihood support for survivors