Webinar with Albania to share knowledge and identify strategies for holistic support to victims of gender-based violence

Mar 28, 2018

In the framework of the Development Solutions Partnership (DSP) with Albania on Gender-based Violence (GBV), a web-based seminar (“webinar”) was held on 28 March 2018, joining UNDP Seoul Policy Center (USPC), UNDP Albania, and stakeholders in Korea and Albania. Following a prior webinar held on 15 November 2017, participants from the two countries once again shared their knowledge to identify effective strategies to provide comprehensive and integrated services to GBV victims and prevent secondary victimization.

The webinar shared key features of Korea’s “Sunflower Center”, a 100% government funded one-stop service centre for GBV victims. Through a partnership with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family of Korea, local governments, the police, and hospitals, Sunflower Centers provide multidisciplinary services including counseling, medical, investigation, and legal support in a single location. As of April 2018, there are 38 Sunflower Centers across the country.

The webinar addressed different aspects relating to the establishment of a one-stop service centre, ranging from the institutional settings, funding mechanism, recruitment of multidisciplinary professionals, coordination mechanism with other relevant stakeholders, to the mobilization of community-based resources. The discussion highlighted the importance of the following: a) securing sufficient and sustained funding for a one-stop centre to provide holistic and reliable services to GBV victims; b) recruitment of and adequate compensation for highly trained professionals to ensure provision of high-quality services for GBV victims; c) establishment of a reporting and management scheme to ensure effective functioning of the multidisciplinary team; and d) management and monitoring of one-stop centers across the country to ensure consistent quality of services and better response to the needs of GBV victims.

The webinar provided a platform for partners to exchange knowledge and lessons learned in addressing GBV and identify policy tools to better support and empower GBV victims. The occasion also served as the basis for substantive discussions on the upcoming study mission which will be organized in Seoul, Korea, from 24 to 26 April 2018, in the framework of GBV DSP with Albania.

The DSP on GBV, launched in the fall of 2017, accentuates the power of sharing knowledge and lessons learned between Korea and partner countries to effectively tackle GBV and take the national initiatives to scale. Through the DSP on GBV, USPC and UNDP Country Offices are supporting activities in partner countries, namely Albania, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and Senegal, to provide holistic and comprehensive support to GBV victims and advance access to justice for victims by working with the law enforcement, such as the police.

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