GBV in Conflict-Affected Settings

A Series by ARC International

ARC International's latest publication series addresses the critical global issue of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Conflict-Affected Settings.  The publication series was designed specifically to help communities and humanitarian workers to assess the situation in their particular setting and to determine the needs and next steps to implementing comprehensive and multi-sectoral programs to address GBV. A special emphasis has been given to the provision of legal aid, as that is a sector often neglected.

Within this series of publications ARC's program in Guinea, West Africa, has been highlighted as an example of programmatic possibilities. The program in Guinea, which serves Liberian and Sierra Leonean Refugees, has been successful in taking innovative and effective approaches to addressing GBV.  

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GBV in Conflict Affected Settings

The following books are included in this series:

Gender-Based Violence Legal Aid: A Participatory Toolkit
The participatory toolkit includes a GBV Legal Aid Matrix and participatory exercises to aid in the design of programs to address GBV.  This approach utilizes the wealth of local knowledge found in the community to conduct an assessment and to develop an appropriate action plan while ensuring a multi-sectoral approach.  A special emphasis has been given to the provision of legal aid, as that is a sector often neglected. The toolkit is based on an underlying principle that GBV services and GBV legal aid need to be implemented in a gradual and culturally appropriate manner to maximize effectiveness and to prevent harmful consequences or backlash.

Community Safety Initiative Gender-Based Violence Program
This book offers an overview of ARC International’s Community Safety Initiative (CSI) GBV program in Guinea, West Africa. The goal of the program is to prevent and respond to GBV among Albadaria refugees by increasing their safety and awareness. This is done while also facilitating access to appropriate health care and promoting self sufficiency for GBV survivors and extremely vulnerable women. This overview is meant to serve as a guide to others creating or currently implementing a GBV program in a conflict-affected setting. Included in the appendices are sample documents and forms developed for the CSI project.

Legal Aspects of Violence Against Refugee Women in Kissidougou Town and Albadariah Camps
This book covers a survey that was conducted in Guinea to assess knowledge, attitudes and practices around GBV, particularly as they relate to legal assistance and protection under Guinean laws, in the Albadariah camps and Kissidougou, Guinea. The results that are presented here are currently being used as a baseline to enable appropriate design of legal trainings and services within the existing GBV network and to measure the impact of the ARC Legal Aid Program in Kissidougou, Guinea after its implementation. It is hoped that this survey will offer some insight as to the potential questions to be asked prior to implementing a GBV legal aid program.

An Overview of the Fern Holland Legal Aid Clinic
ARC International’s initial Legal Aid Clinic was established in N’Zerekore, Guinea in March of 2003 to provide free legal services for survivors of GBV. It was created on behalf of Liberian and Sierra Leonian refugees living in Guinea who were unable to utilize the Guinean legal system and to pursue perpetrators under the Guinean law. In 2004 it was renamed in honor of Fern Holland, one of the primary drivers of the project who was murdered in Iraq in March of 2004.  This book contains an overview of the services offered at the clinic and includes a number of sample Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials.

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