SPOTLIGHT THEME: SEXUAL & GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
Learn what Canadian actors are doing to address sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) around the world on Project Explorer.
Centre Canadien d'Étude et de Coopération Internationale (CECI) is a recognized international network of experts working at the intersections of economic development, food security, human safety and emergency response, and gender equality. Through sustainable development projects, they have been working to combat poverty and exclusion in the Africa, Asia and Americas regions.
CECI’s completed PLUVIF project (Projet de lutte contre les violences faites aux femmes—Combating Violence Against Women) in the Great Lakes Region (Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo) successfully collaborated with local communities, the judicial, psychosocial and medical sector to sensitize service protocols to needs to victims of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Working with a collective of 11 women-led organizations known as COCAFEM/GL (Concertation des collectifs des Associations féminines/Grands Lacs), CECI set up a community-based mechanism for prevention, alert and intervention supported by 1,500 community leaders who teamed up with psychosocial leaders to work with victims of SGBV. As a result of sector-wide and community engagement, including with men, local populations have denounced behaviours of SGBV, shifted attitudes from regarding violence as a taboo topic and household dynamics are more egalitarian.
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- 10,200 women and young girls were given access to the services of their choosing (psychosocial, medical, legal and judicial)
- 436 victims of gender-based and sexual violence who have undergone socioeconomic reintegration, contributing to their empowerment, security and self-esteem
- 1,200 couples sensitized to gender equality and gender-based sexual violence
How have community mobilizers supported national SGBV metric collection?
Community change agents are known as psychosocial facilitators (“animatrices psychosocials”) ensure people who experience SGBV are guaranteed a continuum of services. Psychosocial facilitators, often women local to the community, are the first gateway for services. They operate in secure, private ‘listening houses’ set up by CSOs or in their own home to listen, provide counselling, referrals and accompany people affected by SGBV to appropriate supports. Using simple reproducible reporting tools, they record basic client information, take an overview of the case, and recommended services. This information facilitates quick decisions for retention of evidence, appropriate access to health care services (e.g., prophylaxis within 72 hours), and actionable steps for law enforcement and community leaders. This information is transmitted to the relevant state structures, in particular in the DRC where national information centres are linked to the identification code to allow for a holistic overview of the cases and services offered. In Rwanda, further to SGBV counselling, the psychosocial facilitators have been instrumental in offering counselling services to those who continue to live with the trauma of genocide.
Dig deep into CECI’s publication available in French entitled “Good Practices of COCAFEM/GL” which provides lessons learned from the PLUVIF project. This is a reference source for technical state structures concerned with innovative and effective SGBV responses, and applicable for civil society organizations to enrich their practices.
Watch CECI’s video on the journey of two women advocating for local SGBV change.
DATA RESOURCES ON SEXUAL & GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
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