Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in humanitarian crises is a global problem. Around 140 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, and it is estimated that 35 million of them are women and girls of fertile age. Although women are particularly vulnerable, boys and men are also subjected to this kind of horrific abuse.
‘Until now, there has been too little political will to address sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian crises, and the response has been critically underfunded. We must improve steps to prevent abuse and the way we help victims, and we must ensure that many more people are punished for these crimes’, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
Norway is to allocate NOK 1 billion to efforts to combat sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian crises in the period 2019 to 2021. In 2019, the Government has earmarked NOK 350 million for this purpose.
The Government will among other things use the funding to:
- Substantially increase support for the efforts of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to combat sexual and gender-based violence. More specifically, this includes support for anti-SGBV work in 14 humanitarian crises, and funding to allow the Movement to improve its expertise and capacity in this field. In particular, this will strengthen the national Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies and thus also national ownership of the humanitarian response.
- More than treble Norway’s contribution to emergency standby rosters, compared with the level of funding in previous years. This support is intended to make it possible to send SGBV experts to humanitarian crises in all parts of the world. This will improve both the capacity to deal with SGBV-related challenges and the quality of the response.
- Make a substantial non-earmarked contribution to UNFPA’s Humanitarian Action Thematic Fund. This will provide the flexibility needed to enable UNFPA to respond rapidly to new and ongoing crises across the world.
- Continue the Government’s close cooperation with Norwegian humanitarian organisations and support the work they carry out at country level in cooperation with local partners.
- Provide substantial support to the efforts of Norwegian and local humanitarian organisations to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence.
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