Guidelines for Integrating Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action

Reducing risk, promoting resilience and aiding recovery


Over the course of three weeks, a cadre of 368 practitioners were trained in three locations – Athens, Lesvos and Thessaloniki – across seven sectors – Site Management Support, Protection, Child Protection, WASH, Shelter, Health and Education. In Lesvos and Thessaloniki, training participants developed tangible GBV prevention and risk mitigation commitments that they could take forward in their day-to-day work as frontline service providers. In Athens, training participants developed Action Plans to provide a roadmap for further GBV prevention and risk mitigation integration into sector response plans and national strategies.

The GBV Guidelines roll-out in Greece consisted of a one-day training per sector in each location, which focused on building awareness, knowledge and capacity of practitioners to identify and mitigate sector-specific GBV risks during all stages of the humanitarian programme cycle. The GBV Guidelines trainers also held a half-day GBV Core Concepts training at each location to provide refresher competencies critical to all sector-specific programming. At the end of each week of training in each location, trainers held a debrief session with sector coordinators and with government counterparts in an effort to (1) ensure coordination, streamlined priority-setting (2) support the critical role of government counterparts in Greece’s refugee response and (3) discuss concrete next steps and action planning.

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