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Establishing Gender-based Violence Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Multisectoral and Inter-organisational Prevention and Response to Gender-based Violence in Humanitarian Settings

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IASC, Inter-Agency Standing Committee

This guide for Establishing GBV Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) replaces, and is adapted from UNHCR’s “Standard Operating Procedures for SGBV Prevention and Response” template and accompanying guidance memorandum (No. 62/2006, 28 July 2006). The guide was developed under the auspices of the IASC Sub-Working Group on Gender and Humanitarian Action.  Draft versions of this guide were reviewed by GBV technical experts from UN agencies, NGOs, humanitarian and human rights organizations, and educational institutions; including those working in field sites.  This SOP guide is one of several guides, training manuals, and other resource materials aimed to provide easy to use, concrete support to humanitarian country teams. 

The goal of these materials is to enable humanitarian actors to implement at least the minimum standards for prevention and response to sexual violence in the early stages of an emergency and into more stabilised phases, as described in the Guidelines for GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Settings:  Focusing on Prevention of and Response to Sexual Violence in Emergencies (IASC, 2005).

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