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Voices Against Violence

The project empowers women and girls, and their communities to address gender-based violence (GBV) in humanitarian efforts. Gender-based violence (GBV) is widely recognized as one of the greatest obstacles to achieving sustainable development, poverty alleviation and women’s empowerment. One in three women will face violence in their lifetimes and the impact of this on individual, family and community progress towards escaping poverty are vast. Yet, GBV was absent from gap the Millennium Development Goals framework. The Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide the international development agenda from 2015 to 2030, present a critical opportunity to address these gaps and challenges and to push for more effective GBV prevention and response. Notably, progress towards both global development goals and to reducing GBV has been slowest in contexts affected by humanitarian crises. In times of natural disaster and conflict, the breakdown in the rule of law, population displacement, increases in female-headed households and orphaned children all contribute to increases in gender-based violence including child, early and forced marriage, sexual exploitation and abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking. For example, in Sri Lanka and other countries affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) and non-partner rape increased in the wake of the disaster. To achieve progress on the SDGs, it is imperative that tackling GBV and a dedicated effort in humanitarian contexts are part of the picture. 

Women’s voices against violence

Studies show that the role played by local women’s rights organizations and women’s movements is the most significant factor in helping women to realize and uphold their rights, including preventing and responding to GBV. Where local women’s groups mobilize to tackle the social norms, stigma, legal obstacles and other factors which drive and underpin the pervasiveness of violence against women and girls real and sustainable change can be achieved. UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security also recognizes the important contributions of women’s organisations to emergency response and post-crisis recovery. Yet, this recognition has not yet translated into humanitarian policy or practice in any meaningful way and women’s organizations have been largely isolated from humanitarian policy dialogue and programs on the ground.

Research Area:

Empowering Local Women’s Organisations to FACTOR gender-Based violence INTO HUMANITARIAN PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE AND POST-CRISIS RECOVERY

The research aims to support women at local, national and global levels to bring their voices and expertise into the design, implementation, monitoring and accountability of disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, humanitarian response and recovery policies and programs on the ground. This will ensure that GBV is factored systematically into those efforts, and will thereby strengthen national government and international humanitarian agencies delivery on both humanitarian action and on longer-term work with communities to achieve the SDGs.


  • Empower local women’s organizations in two priority countries to contribute to the design, implementation and accountability of national policy and practice with a focus on national line ministries responsible for disaster management, gender, health and social development and national humanitarian non-governmental agencies.
  • Empower local women’s organizations to contribute to the design, implementation and accountability of international humanitarian policy and practice with a focus on NGOs, UN Women and OCHA.


  • Good practices and opportunities to increase the participation local women’s organizations in humanitarian preparedness, response and post-crisis recovery policy and planning identified and fed into wider global policy and practice (including in relation to SDGs, DRR and humanitarian efforts).
  • Humanitarian preparedness, response and post-crisis recovery policy and planning in the project focus countries are strengthened to integrate gender-based violence prevention and response.

Geographical Location: Sindh and KPK

Total Budget: GBP 61,111 & CARE Office Budget GBP 55,000

Donor:  Hogan and Lovell's through CARE UK

Target Beneficaries: Community men and women groups in disaster prone districts of KPK and Sindh