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A Practice-Based Approach to Gender-based Violence in Crises
April 22 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The problem of gender-based violence (GBV) in humanitarian settings has gained traction in recent years, with increased attention to the risk and severity of violence women and girls face in crises such as Syria, Pakistan, Iraq, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Congo, Nigeria, and Nepal. Despite this, many humanitarian actors and policymakers do not yet view violence against women and girls as an issue that warrants urgent response during emergencies. This course, hosted by the Columbia School of Social Work, will build on the principles of social work-driven ecological and eco-systemic considerations and frameworks in addressing GBV in emergency contexts: promoting support to an individual, but in consideration of relevant relationships and influencing factors, and in the context of their surrounding environment. It will demonstrate how the basics of case management can and should be applied to working with survivors, and those at risk, of GBV in crises and emergencies. Elizabeth (Liz) Pender, Senior Gender-based Violence/Humanitarian Protection Advisor with the US Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, will present.