GBV & Sexual & Reproductive Health

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Women and girls are at increased risks of gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies.  Conflict and natural disasters often result in a loss of basic and survival needs and major disruptions to families, communities, and civil society, putting women and girls at risk of sexual violence including sexual exploitation, abuse, and other forms of gender-based violence.

All refugee women including adolescents, women with disabilities, and other often marginalized displaced populations, have the right to live free from the constant threat of violence and exploitation and all survivors must have access to services. Reproductive health care is essential for them to prevent illness and death, maintain their dignity and rebuild their lives.

We advocate for measures to protect at-risk populations and to ensure survivors’ access to health care including: emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy, antibiotics to prevent or treat sexually transmitted infections, post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV infection, and psychosocial counselling and support. This minimum level of care should be available from the earliest stages of a humanitarian crisis.