IASC Guidelines for Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings, 2005

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The Guidelines for Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is a tool for field actors in the humanitarian community to establish a multi-sectoral coordinated approach to gender-based violence in emergency settings. It provides practical advice on how to ensure that humanitarian assistance and protection programmes for displaced populations are safe, and do not directly or indirectly increase women’s and girls’ risk to sexual violence. It also details what response services should be in place to meet the needs of survivors/victims of sexual violence. 

The guidelines consist of four parts: 

1) Part one introduces gender-based violence interventions in emergencies, the purpose and how to use the guidelines, and the nature and extent of GBV in humanitarian emergencies

2) Part two presents GBV terms and definitions to clarify meaning of the terms used in this document  

3) Part three provides recommendations and an overview of key GBV interventions for preventing and responding to sexual violence in emergencies

4) Part four provides action sheets for minimum prevention and response in coordination, assessment and monitoring, protection, human resources, WASH, food issues, shelter, health, education, and information