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Women Training and Integration Program (WIN): Liberia RC runs a project called “Women Training and Integration Program (WIN)” that enrolls 200 women annually. Women enrolled in the WIN project include women who have faced and are facing different forms of violence, abuse, social & economic challenges, inequalities and exclusion. The project approach identifies and integrates activities for all identifying the capacity & vulnerability gaps of its beneficiaries such as: Basic Literacy, economic skills, PSS, Medical support, awareness on SGBV and more.
In August 2019, one large meeting was held with spouses of the WIN beneficiaries, to explain the WIN project, understand their perception and expectation of the WIN. The men attended in large numbers and really engaged in the discussions. 199 men attended the meeting. In the picture above PSS officer - Liberia RC leading the discussion.

On 15 October 2019, Zimbabwe Red Cross Society hosted the launch of the report on `Effective law and policy for addressing gender in disaster risk management and protection from sexual and gender based violence in disasters: In addition to connecting with key stakeholders to share findings of the report, it was also an opportunity for the Red Cross to contribute to the drafting of the Civil Protection Act and Disaster Risk Management Bill that are currently being drafted to make sure SGBV prevention and response are effectively addressed in the new legal framework. The event gathered around 45 participants representing the Movement (IFRC, NS, DRC, FRC, ICRC), NGOs (Adult Rape Clinic, Padare Men’s Forum on Gender, child line), academia (School of Social Work), public servants and government entities (police, Department of Civil Protection, Department of Social Welfare).

On 5 December 2019, Botswana Red Cross Society hosted an event for volunteers to share messages of gender based violence: A key note address was given by the Secretary General. The event was held at Malotwane village .The idea was to share messages about the impacts of and services available to prevent GBV and mitigate its effects in villages where violence is typically under reported and most people do not know the reporting systems available to them.

On 6 December,Soweto Branch of the South African Red Cross Society hosted a men’s dialogue : Red Cross Society hosted a men’s dialogue to discuss violence against women within the context of the 16 Days of Activism. There is acknowledgment that VAW has reached epidemic proportions in South Africa and that efforts to lessen incidence must involve men as part of advocacy efforts.

PGI at Disaster Law and Legislative Advocacy Workshop: A cross-regional disaster law and legislative advocacy workshop towards climate smart policy frameworks that leave no one behind was held between 11 and 15 November in Abuja, Nigeria. 18 National Societies from Africa and Americas regions together with their government counterparts met to discuss and advocate for well implemented disaster laws. Integrating gender equality and protection and inclusion of vulnerable groups into relevant disaster laws and policies is critical in ensuring that no one is left behind in disaster risk management activities.

IFRC attended a training on gender-based violence (GBV) and cash and voucher assistance (CVA) in Nairobi on 21st November 2019: This is a new training that has been developed by the IASC GBV and CVA working group and hosted by CARE International. This one-day training for GBV specialists introduced new material and training package that is intended as a companion to the 2015 IASC Guidelines for Integrating Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action and its companion resource, the GBV Pocket Guide.
You can find the Cash and Voucher Assistance and Gender- Based Violence Compendium Practical Guidance for Humanitarian Practitioners through the link in the title; also available in Arabic, Spanish, and French. For more evidence on CVA and GBV, see Can cash transfers in humanitarian contexts help prevent, mitigate, and respond to gender-based violence? A review of the evidence and do a search in the CaLP reference library .

Malawi Red Cross and IFRC: eCBHFA Training of Trainer with focus on PGI and data literacy: Malawi Red Cross hosted an eCBHFA trainers’ workshop in Blantyre between 4-11 November. This workshop objective was to build on eCBHFA capacity with Behaviour Change theories and strategies and explore how African National Societies can better integrate Protection, Gender and Inclusion elements and Data Literacy into community health work.The workshop included one-day field exercise that provided participants with an opportunity to practice data collection skills and techniques and engage with the community in Chikwawa. Child marriage and girls’ empowerment came through as priority topics to be addressed through eCBHFA activities. Read more and see all presentations here

Events and Trainings

Peer to peer learning Malawi RC and Mozambique RC

Global workshop on prevention and response to child marriage

Protection Gender Inclusion coordination meeting on Somalia and Burundi

Protection Gender Inclusion Africa Surge training

Support to National Societies on developing policies on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse(PSEA) and gender and diversity.

Protection Gender & Inclusion Resources

Dignity Access Participation Safety (DAPS)

The DAPS Framework provides a simple but comprehensive guide for addressing the core actions in Red Cross Red Crescent emergency programming.

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For the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, human dignity means respect for the life and integrity of individuals. All Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency responders and emergency response programmes should contribute to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity.

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Emergency response programmes should provide access for all individuals and sub-groups within the affected population. Accordingly, the beneficiary selection and prioritisation criteria for accessing humanitarian goods, services and protection must be informed by a gender and diversity analysis to ensure that the assistance and protection reach people who are most at risk.

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Participation refers to the full, equal and meaningful involvement of all members of the community in decision-making processes and activities that affect their lives. Sharing of information is a Core Humanitarian Standard for accountability to beneficiaries and is critical part of participation.

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Females, males and other gender identities of all ages and backgrounds within affected communities have different needs regarding their physical safety. Monitoring the safety of project sites from the perspectives of diverse groups is essential to ensure that the assistance provided meets everyone’s needs and concerns in an equitable manner.