Gender Based Violence

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Throughout the world, Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is a pervasive public health and human rights issue that primarily affects women and girls. Worldwide, one in three women have been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some way, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The toll is enormous, costing billions of dollars in social, judicial, and health costs, in addition to lost wages and productivity, and incalculable physical and emotional hardship.

Despite the seriousness of this issue, services to prevent and appropriately respond to GBV are still inadequate. This is particularly true in emergency settings, where women and girls face increased risks of violence.

*Please note we never use images on this website of survivors of sexual or gender based violence


Our response


Since 2005, International Medical Corps has worked with communities and service providers to address GBV in diverse and challenging environments such as Afghanistan, Haiti, Syria, Central African Republic, Iraq, DRC and Russia. As risks and types of violence vary across cultures, countries and regions, International Medical Corps develops context-specific approaches to increase protection for women and girls and to respond to the needs of survivors of violence.

International Medical Corps’ core programming activities are implemented at the community level, where close collaboration with local service providers and grassroots social support networks is a highest priority. Working closely with these actors allows us to design programmes that are culturally appropriate and well-tailored to the particular needs of targeted populations. 


How our work is transforming lives
Holistic approach to treating & preventing GBV in eastern DRC
GBV sensitisation sessions in Somali refugee camps, Ethiopia
Building new support networks in Libya
Men saying NO to violence against women in Lebanon


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