Ending Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Humanitarian Crises

Monday, the 28th of September NCA is invited to the UN General Assembly High Level Event. Secretary General Dagfinn Høybråten will participate in a debate on how to prevent, respond and protect against SGBV.

The event is hosted by  the  United Arab Emirates, Norway,  and  Somalia in  cooperation with UNFPA, UNOCHA, ICRC, and NCA. The event focuses on how to prevent, respond, and protect against Sexual and Gender-based Violence in humanitarian crises.

The High Level Event is on the 28th of September from 16:00 to 17:30 Norwegian Time, 10:00 am to   11:30 am NY  time. You can register for the virtual event  via https://bit.ly/2EODZCX

The Nobel Peace Prize laureates Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege are key note speakers. 

Secretary General Dagfinn Høybråten will participate in a debate on how to prevent SGBV together with Natalia Kanem, Executive Director from UNFPA, and Robert Mardini, Director-General from ICRC, Ramesh Rajasingham, Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, UN OCHA, and Hala Alkarib, Regional Director of the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa.  

Lydias House in Goma, DRC where SGBV survivors receive trauma help and support to move back to their villages and to start making a living.

SGBV – including rape, sexual enslavement, sexual exploitation and abuse, forms of trafficking, forced and early child marriage, intimate partner violence, female genital mutilation, and a range of other acts – occurs disproportionately in humanitarian settings, such as conflicts, where protection and social structures, governance systems, and services are disrupted or destroyed. Studies in 37 fragile countries by Georgetown University often recorded 200+% increases in SGBV during crises. During non-crisis periods, UN agencies and women’s organizations already estimate that GBV affects 1 in 3 women worldwide. 


The event will have translation from English into Arabic, French, and Spanish, as well as French into English.