GBV: Standard Operating Procedures for Prevention, Protection and Response
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This Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Gender Based Violence (GBV) prevention, protection and response has been developed to help stakeholders and government institutions' in their attempt to prevent, protect and respond to GBV. This document therefore sets clear systems, roles and responsibilities for all institutions involved in the prevention, protection and response to GBV in South Sudan.
The document has been developed in line with the Republic of South Sudan Legal and policy frameworks, other international frameworks such as the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines for GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Settings, UNHCR’s Sexual and Gender-based Violence against Refugees, Returnees, and Internally Displaced Persons, and Guidelines for Prevention and Response (Geneva, UNHCR 2003). Effort has also been made to ensure standards and procedures are articulated for all forms of GBV. Gender Based Violence (GBV) remains a threat for women during and after the conflict and there has been little progress in reducing incidents of GBV in South Sudan. The unchecked level of impunity for perpetrators of such crime remains a significant obstacle in effectively protecting and achieving redress for survivors. The stereotypical attitudes and reasoning are a discriminatory barrier and a burden on victims of sexual violence. This has contributed to women being reluctant to access justice. I am hopeful this document will apply and create effective, well coordinated multi-sectoral and comprehensive approach in all GBV prevention, protection and response programmes. I Thank all stakeholders who contributed to the success of this document.