Addressing sexual and gender-based violence
Sexual and gender-based violence has devastating, long-term effects on the lives of victims, their families and communities, and also impedes development progress. Where sexual and gender-based violence persist, women and girls are usually disproportionally affected. Levels of sexual and gender-based violence often rise in crisis and conflict settings, where systems of protection, security and justice break down. During violent conflict, rape is often used as a military tactic to harm, humiliate and shame.
Sexual and gender-based violence is neither inevitable nor acceptable. UNDP supports national efforts to tackle sexual and gender-based violence by:
- Increasing women’s political participation and leadership in sectors such as justice and security, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and economic recovery;
- Building capacities of police investigators, prosecutors and judges working on sexual and gender-based violence cases;
- Supporting the development of policy and legal frameworks that are inclusive and protective of women and women’s rights;
- Improving access to justice and security service delivery;
- Providing services for survivors, including medical, psycho-social, family, legal and economic assistance, such as through one-stop clinics;
- Tackling impunity for sexual and gender-based violence;
- Establishing victims’ rights to reparations to help them rebuild their lives;
- Engaging at community level in awareness-raising and prevention activities;
- Mobilizing men to advocate against and tackle the prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence.
As part of these efforts, UNDP works closely with UNWomen and UNFPA and other partners such as the UN Team of Experts on Rule of Law/Sexual Violence in Conflict and the Global Focal Point for Rule of Law in post-conflict and other crisis situations as well as UN Action against Conflict Related Sexual Violence.