Around the world, violence against women and girls (gender-based violence or GBV) is a major public health concern and a violation of human rights. GBV is one of the most challenging issues for populations affected by armed conflict and humanitarian emergencies. Sexual violence is well known as a strategy of war, but other forms of GBV include domestic violence, forced and early marriage, sexual exploitation, and female genital cutting.
GBV is especially problematic in times of conflict and displacement. In these settings, family, community protection and support systems have broken down, and abuse of power occurs frequently. Women and children are the most vulnerable to exploitation, violence, and abuse just by virtue of their gender, age, and status in society.
The health consequences of GBV can be particularly serious. Survivors may suffer sexually transmitted infections, reproductive injuries, fistula, and a wide range of other physical injuries - even death. Psychological, emotional and social consequences can be equally severe. Survivors may experience post-traumatic stress, depression, fear, or anxiety. And they often face social stigma and rejection by husbands and families.
ARC assists survivors of GBV and works to prevent acts of gender-based violence in: Liberia, Northern Uganda, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sudan, and Thailand
ARC partners with international and local organizations to ensure that survivors, their families, and their communities have the essential services they need.
Gender-based violence devastates the lives of thousands of women, girls, and their families. In all project sites, ARC works to ensure that local women’s organizations have the organizational and technical expertise and resources they need to provide sustainable services long into the future. ARC recognizes that truly preventing gender-based violence is a long-term process. We aim to amplify voices for change from within the communities where we work—engaging women, girls, community leaders, men, and boys—in the effort to support positive social change.