Gender-based Violence (GBV) is one of the most pervasive human rights violations, yet one that remains shrouded in a culture of silence. GBV is widespread in times of peace and exacerbated during crisis, whether due to natural disasters or conflict.
A weakening or collapse of protective systems and networks can lead to reduced access to health services, including Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services, and an environment of impunity where perpetrators are not held accountable. Survivors have the right to assistance and support on the path to healing, empowerment and recovery. To that end, UNFPA is present before, during and after crisis to prevent and respond to GBV, to ensure access to life-saving services and information, and to put in place coordination mechanisms for effective prevention and response.
The number of people affected worldwide by humanitarian crises continues to rise as both the frequency and severity of natural disasters and protracted, complex emergencies increase. The United Nations has calculated global humanitarian requirements for 2019 of USD 21.9 billion to reach 93.6 million people out of a total of 131.7 million people in need. More is expected of UNFPA than ever before to provide life-saving assistance.
In order to contribute to meeting these needs, UNFPA has maintained, since 2016, a global GBV and SRH Roving Team (RT) to support, through in-country missions and remote support, targeted UNFPA country offices and implementing partners and other agencies in humanitarian situations.
The impact of the Roving Team has illustrated the importance and benefits of highly qualified GBV and SRH specialists ready for deployment to support countries in need. The demand from country offices for missions by roving team specialists has been consistent and showed the need to build on the results of each mission and its recommendations in support of countries.
To enable more focused, consistent and sustainable support to countries and to build regional capacities to respond to humanitarian situations, UNFPA is integrating GBV and SRH roving teams at the regional level. The regional roving teams will allow for a more integrated approach with other initiatives, including the Regional Emergency GBV Advisors (REGAs) as well as the surge mechanism.
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