Peril or Protection: Making Work Safe

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Have you ever considered that the livelihood programs you help design and fund in order to protect and empower women could actually have the opposite effect? A serious unintended consequence could be a rise in protection risks for women and girls including that of gender-based violence (GBV).

Recognizing this troubling link between livelihoods and gender-based violence, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) undertook extensive field research and produced the 2009 report: Peril or Protection: The Link Between Livelihoods and Gender-based Violence in Displacement Settings. This was followed by the Guidance Manual: Preventing Gender-based Violence, Building Livelihoods: Guidance and Tools for Improved Programming, the Making Work Safe: Safety Mapping Tool video, and an e-learning tool on how to make work safe.

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Domino Frank, Liberia

Domino Frank (Francis Suleiman) has over 13 years of field experience working throughout Asia and Africa with refugees, former child soldiers and other people adversely affected by poverty or conflict.

He worked for several years for the Jesuit Refugee Service, managing and developing livelihood and gender-based violence prevention projects in refugee camps in Central and sub-Saharan Africa. Currently he is a Masters student at the World Peace Academy at the University of Basel, Switzerland, where he is conducting research to develop a project on the Chad/Sudan border that will train and reintegrate 100 women who were child soldiers or victims of war -- a neglected sub-group, many of whom are now internally displaced and all but forgotten.

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