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Enhancing accountability towards gender-based violence in nutrition

Since 2013, Action Against Hunger has been working to become a gender sensitive organization. This includes the development and implementation of a set of Gender Minimum Standards, the core requirements we hold all offices accountable to when it comes to considering and addressing gender issues in our work.

Building off this momentum, we launched a two-year project funded by the United States Government, the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM), looking at ways to improve the accountability of humanitarian nutrition organizations to mitigate and prevent gender-based violence. Action Against Hunger aims to do this through focused GBV mainstreaming initiatives in three pilot countries – Bangladesh, South Sudan and Mauritania – as well as with the Global Nutrition Cluster.

What are we doing?

Standardizing

Building Capacity

Making It Practical

We provide help desk support to Action Against Hunger offices to help them achieve the Gender Minimum Standards. This includes conducting gender analyses, to understand the specific needs, capacities, and vulnerabilities of men and women of all ages. To improve accountability, we train humanitarian nutrition actors (our staff and our nutrition partners) to integrate GBV considerations in nutrition programs. The more people we train, the stronger the impact! Following the Inter-Agency Standing Committee guidelines on GBV, we are adapting our tools and those of the Global Nutrition Cluster to integrate GBV considerations. By making the guidelines practical, we are mitigating risks of GBV in our interventions.

 

What have we learned?

As we wrap up the first year of the project, we are working to capturing significant changes and identify lessons learned. The following testimonies were collected in Bangladesh, Mauritania and South Sudan:

Bangladesh:
Changing Perspectives
Mauritania
Awakening Awareness
South Sudan:
Changing Behaviours
South Sudan:
Putting on Gender Glasses

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