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Red Cross launches appeal to combat sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian crises

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This appeal to support the work on ‘Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Humanitarian Crises’ is in line with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies' commitment to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in disasters and other emergencies as outlined in the 32nd International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Resolution (32IC/15/R3) on “Sexual and gender-based violence:

Joint action on prevention and response” adopted in 2015. The appeal seeks USD 17 million over a period of 4 years (2019 - 2022) to cover the activities that the IFRC and National Societies will carry out at global, regional and country level in Bangladesh, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and for the Venezuela crisis to continue implementing the commitments made in the aforementioned Resolution.

The IFRC is the world's largest humanitarian network, with 190-member National Societies and around 12 million volunteers. Through its National Societies, the IFRC benefits from community-based expertise and has unique reach and access to work on SGBV prevention and response, including in humanitarian crises. The IFRC supports National Societies longer-term in building their capacities to prevent and respond to SGBV. This enables them to leverage their expertise to be important local actors in tackling SGBV, including more ‘hidden’ types of SGBV such as domestic violence and child marriage which are exacerbated by complex emergencies, and working to prevent and respond to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). To effectively support National Societies’ work on SGBV and SEA prevention and response in humanitarian crises, the IFRC also appeals for funding for regional coordinator and officer positions. In addition, the appeal covers the establishment and strengthening of a register of highly skilled professionals (both at National Society and IFRC level) ready to be deployed at short notice, nationally, regionally or globally to ensure protection, gender and inclusion, including SGBV and SEA prevention and response measures, are mainstreamed from the onset of humanitarian crises.