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Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls and the 1st year anniversary of the GBV AoR Helpdesk.

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In times of emergency, women and girls are at an increased risk of violence, exploitation and abuse. Acute poverty, high-levels of displacement, the breakdown of family and community support systems, and disruption to security systems and social services, place women and girls at a higher risk of experiencing sexual violence, intimate partner violence, forced or child marriage, and trafficking. Crowded camp conditions, coupled with shortages of fuel, water, electricity, hygiene supplies and clothing, may also push women and girls to resort to negative coping mechanisms, such as survival sex, which can heighten their exposure to exploitation and abuse.

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, a day to come together, take a stand and call for an end to the global pandemic. This date also marks the 1st year anniversary since the launch of the GBV AoR Helpdesk, a unique research and technical advisory service run by Social Development Direct on behalf of the GBV AoR, which aims to inspire and support humanitarian practitioners to mitigate, prevent and respond to violence against women and girls in emergencies.

Since its launch, the Helpdesk has provided support to a broad range of humanitarian actors, including UN agencies, INGOs, and women’s rights organisations, through the provision of:

Rapid Technical Support–Rapid technical advice and support on GBV coordination, specialised programming and risk mitigation in line with international standards, guidelines and best practice.  See, for example, our response to a query on the subject of GBV Case Management.

Rapid Desk-Based Research Reports – Global literature and evidence reviews which highlight best practice in GBV in emergencies programming and risk mitigation and which signpost the reader to relevant tools and resources. See, for example, our response to a query on GBV screening in health facilities.

The Helpdesk has also produced a series of Evidence Digests, highlighting key research, evidence and learning on intimate partner violence in emergencies, and in-depth Guidance Notes, touching on emerging issues such as how we might harness technology to prevent and respond to GBV in crises.

If you want to know more about the GBV AoR Helpdesk and how we can support you and your organisation to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls in emergencies, please do get in touch!

You can contact the GBV AoR Helpdesk by emailing 

The Helpdesk will respond to you within 24 hours during weekdays.

The GBV AoR Helpdesk is available 09.30- 17.30 GMT, Monday to Friday