“Sexual violence destroys lives. It fuels conflict, forces people to flee their homes and is often perpetrated alongside other human rights abuses, including forced marriage, sexual slavery, and human trafficking. It undermines reconciliation and traps survivors in conflict, poverty, and insecurity.”
Secretary of State John Kerry
Preventing and responding to gender-based violence (GBV) is a cornerstone of the Obama Administration’s commitment to advancing gender equality. In recognition of this policy, and in coordination with other GBV-related programs at the U.S. Department of State and USAID, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) has launched the GBV Emergency Response and Protection Initiative.
Gender-based violence is a global pandemic that affects women, men and children. GBV should be understood as violence directed at a person based on gender, gender identity, or perceived adherence to socially defined norms of masculinity or femininity. The GBV Initiative can assist individuals facing harmful traditional practices such as early and forced marriage, “honor” killings, and female genital mutilation, as well as other forms of GBV, such as female infanticide; child sexual abuse; sex trafficking and forced labor; sexual coercion and abuse; neglect; domestic/intimate partner violence and elder abuse.
The Initiative Objectives include short-term assistance for survivors, targeted training and advocacy, and building and coordinating a global network.
Learn more at EIN News article: Democracy, Human Rights, Refugees: Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Partnership to Assist Individuals in Crisis