08 April 2014

News: Launch of New Initiative against Gender-based Violence

The Gender-based Violence Emergency Response & Protection Initiative was officially launched on 20 March 2014 (see image).  It is funded by the U.S. State Department and the Avon Foundation and managed by a consortium led by Vital Voices.  Partners include Promundo-US, the International Organization for Migration, and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative.  The Initiative is described in part as:
"[A] first-of-its-kind global program dedicated to assisting victims of extreme forms of gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices around the world. The Initiative takes comprehensive steps to eradicate domestic violence, sexual assault, honor crimes and other forms of gender-based violence by providing critical support to survivors. By providing short-term emergency grants to cover medical care, emergency shelter, legal assistance, and other related costs, the program allows victims in urgent situations to access life-saving services."

Additional details are provided in this information sheet.

Other recent resources relating to GBV in emergencies were reported on in the following posts:
- Thematic Focus: Gender Issues (17 Feb. 2014)
- News: "Keep Her Safe" High-Level Meeting (13 Nov. 2013)

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