This resource was submitted as part of the 1325+10 PeaceWomen initiative to compile a repository of papers dealing with a broad range of issues around the implementation of 1325, as part of the Women, Peace and Security: From Resolution to Action Geneva High-Level Consultation 15-16 September 2010, Geneva.
The primary purpose of these guidelines is to enable humanitarian actors and communities to plan, establish, and coordinate a set of minimum multisectoral interventions for prevent and respond to sexual violence during the early phase of an emergency.
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Gender-based violence (GBV),and in particular sexual violence,is a serious,life-threatening protection issue primarily affecting women and children.It is well documented that GBV is a widespread international public health and human rights issue, and that adequate, appropriate, and comprehensive pre-vention and response are inadequate in most countries worldwide.
Gender-based violence is especially problematic in the context ofcomplex emergencies and natural disasters,where civilian women and children are often targeted for abuse,and are the most vulnerable to exploitation,violence,and abuse simply because oftheir gender,age,and status in society. Gender-based violence is a violation ofuniversal human rights protected by international human rights conventions, including the right to security of person; the right to the highest attainable standard ofphysical and mental health; the right to freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment;and the right to life.