UNICEF has started podcast series on GBViE prevention, response, and risk mitigation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tune in, and stay tuned — more episodes to come!
Episode 1: Providing support to GBV survivors beyond hotlines and mobile phones in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
In this 1st episode of the UNICEF GBViE podcast series, Caroline Masboungi interviews Dorcas Erskine, Senior consultant with UNICEF GBViE team. They talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic affects GBV response services and the capacity of women and girls to reach out for help. As countries across the globe struggle to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns are being raised about the effect of the pandemic on Gender Based Violence (GBV) in all countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dorcas has also drafted a guidance note on GBV service provision during COVID-19 beyond hotlines and mobile phones.
Episode 2: GBV risk mitigation in WASH programming for COVID-19 pandemic
In this episode of the UNICEF GBViE podcast, Caroline Masboungi is discussing with Masumi Yamashina who works as a CP specialist with UNICEF and has been leading GBV risk mitigation across UNICEF-led clusters including Global WASH cluster since 2017. They are talking about how to mitigate risk of GBV and address needs of women and girls in WASH programming in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Armed conflict, natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies can significantly alter a community’s traditional water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices. During an emergency, well-designed WASH programmes and facilities can help to keep affected populations safe from violence. Conversely, WASH programming that is poorly planned and insensitive to gender dynamics in a given social and cultural context can exacerbate risk of exposure to sexual and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV). This is particularly true for women, girls and other at-risk groups,1 who may be disproportionately affected by WASH issues. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, these needs and risks are exacerbated. This episode looks further into how the pandemic affects the needs of women and girls linked to WASH programming and what can be done to mitigate these risks.
Episode 3: Using the power of finance as a tool to prevent and respond to GBV
In this 3rd episode of our UNICEF GBViE podcast, Catherine Poulton from UNICEF and Joy Anderson from Criterion Institute talk about how financial systems can help addressing GBV, looking more specifically at mitigating the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. Finance is one of the most powerful systems on earth, and investment decisions about private and public funds are based on an analysis of risk and return over time. UNICEF and Criterion Institute have been exploring pathways to engage systems of finance in addressing GBV in crises, on how GBV can be understood as material to investment decision-making, including several actions investors can implement now. Criterion Institute and UNICEF have partnered and recently creates a due diligence tool for investors to identify and mitigate the investment risks gender-based violence poses. This was done in response to addressing adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls.
Episode 4: Using Primero/GBVIMS+ for COVID-19 response
In this 4th episode of the UNICEF GBViE podcast, Caroline Masboungi and Elfriede Kormawa from UNICEF discuss with Ayesha Siddiqa Ireen from Relief International in Bangladesh about the use of Primero/GBVIMS+ in the context of the response to COVID-19 pandemic. Primero/GBVIMS+ enables services providers responding to GBV to safely and ethically document information from their service provision. This allows them to stay on track with where they are at in terms of the service provision as well as ensuring accountability towards GBV survivors to remember to follow up on referrals made and action plans developed with the survivor.
Episode 5: Creating Virtual Safe Spaces for women and girls
In this 5th episode of the UNICEF GBViE podcast, Sunita Palekar Joergensen and Zaman Ali Hassan from UNICEF MENA and UNICEF Lebanon are presenting the Virtual Safe Spaces project that UNICEF has been leading on since couple of years.
In GBV programming, safe spaces for women and girls have been established as a key approach of reaching adolescent girls and providing them with access to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SHR) information, links to services, skill-building, peer connection, and support. Yet, access to physical safe spaces is often limited for adolescent girls because of security concerns, gender norms, and domestic responsibilities. UNICEF has been developing a platform to act as a virtual safe space for adolescent girls to access gender-based violence information. The virtual safe space model is designed to facilitate access to information and services in a way that is safe, culturally appropriate and accessible to adolescent girls, particularly those who face higher levels of marginalization, such as girls with disabilities and married girls. This episode is part of the Innovation series of the podcast.
Episode 6: Understanding the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on adolescent girls
In this episode, Caroline Masboungi interviews Merheen Jaswal from IRC and Dorcas Erskine from UNICEF. They talk about the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on adolescent girls and how their safety towards GBV has been affected. Early evidence indicates that COVID-19 pandemic has increased risks of adolescent girls towards GBV. Studies of past disease outbreaks and other humanitarian crisis have shown that without targeted intervention, COVID-19 will heighten pre-existing risks of GBV against girls, hinder their social, economic and educational development and threaten their sexual reproductive health.
Episode 7: Deep dive into UNICEF’s flagship prevention program: Communities Care
In this episode, a panel of UNICEF key staff and partners talk about UNICEF’s flagship prevention program: Communities Care. Communities Care is a community-based model for preventing and responding to sexual violence against girls and women in conflict-affected settings. The program is premised on the idea that while armed conflict causes horrendous suffering for those affected, the disruption it causes may also present an opportunity for positive change in social norms that can contribute to gender equality and decrease gender-based violence (GBV) and discrimination.
Episode 8: Understanding UNICEF’s mandate on GBViE
2019 was a pivotal year for GBViE at UNICEF– our GBViE Operational guide and many tools were released; ED Fore made some bold and clear commitments towards GBViE, adding to the ones we are already familiar with such as the IASC GBV guidelines. In 2020, UNICEF is one of the key actors responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and highlighting its impact on women and girls. In this episode, Cornelius Williams, Associate Director of the Child Protection section and Catherine Poulton who is leading the GBViE portfolio at global level tell us more about UNICEF’s mandate on GBViE.
Episode 9: How UNICEF works with local women's organizations through VOICE
This episode features VOICE’s founder, Mendy Marsh and her team, Kelly Joseph and Chiderah Monde who will discuss alongside Christine Heckman from the partnership between UNICEF and VOICE. VOICE is a global organization with plans to unapologetically create a world where women and girls no longer face discrimination and violence. Where they are respected leaders of humanitarian responses.
Episode 10: GBV Case Management Capacity Building Initiative, voices from the field
In this episode, Virginia Zuco is presenting the GBV case management capacity building initiative that started in 2017 with the development of the Interagency GBV Case Management Guidelines. This initiative has been led by the GBVIMS global team thanks to UNICEF and made possible by funding from the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. GBV case management capacity building initiative was born out of pilots in Mali, Nigeria and Somalia. These pilots informed an approach for capacity building that focused on certifying trainers in-country to form national Pools of trainers and providing them funding to in-turn deliver continued trainings in their respective countries. This approached was implemented in 5 countries over the past 2 years: Bangladesh, Central African Republic, Libya, Niger, and Yemen. In this episode, key actors who participated in this initiative at field level share their experience.
- Interagency GBV Guidelines and accompanying training materials available in Arabic, French, and English available at www.gbvresponders.org
- Rosa app (available for download through the Apple Store and Google Play Store) which builds off the IRC GBV Blended Curriculum available www.gbvresponders.org
More info on Primero/GBVIMS+ available at www.gbvims.com