Falmata in NigeriaWebinars on Responses to Sexual Violence in Humanitarian Settings

In a series of three webinars, SCI and KIT will share research results from the Research for Change project: “Assessing the responses to the needs of Survivors of Sexual Violence in Humanitarian Settings in Yemen and Nigeria.” The 3rd webinar will focus on sexual violence research in times of COVID-19.

The overall objective of the studies was to provide evidence-informed recommendations to help increase the capacity of humanitarian actors to adequately identify and respond to the needs and rights of groups affected by sexual violence. This research was funded by the European Union, and conducted by Save the Children International (SCI) and KIT, in the Borno State of Nigeria and the Aden and Lahj governorates of southern Yemen.

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Webinar 1: Sexual Violence in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria
26 April 2022 | 14:30-16:30 CET | online | details and registration

The research in Borno State focuses on sexual violence while situating this against a backdrop of other kinds of SGBV to generate evidence, identify good practices, and disseminate lessons. Study findings showed that the conflict and economic hardship can be linked to changes in the incidence of some forms of violence, such as sexual exploitation, early and forced marriage, and marital rape. Community and self-stigmatization of survivors had implications for the uptake of services. Medical services were relatively more widely available than legal services and livelihoods services. Recommendations focus on expanding the access of women to economic empowerment and livelihoods programming, improved integration of SGBV interventions in humanitarian and development programming and working with the community and local leaders to counter SGBV, particularly experienced by women who are marginalized.

Join this webinar on April 26 to understand and discuss the findings and recommendations of this study to improve sexual violence responses in humanitarian/conflict settings such as the North-East of Nigeria.

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Webinar 2: Sexual Violence in South Yemen
17 May 2022 | 14:30-16:30 CET | online | details and registration

This research on sexual violence was conducted in the Aden and Lahj Governorates of South Yemen. The study aimed to understand sexual violence in conflict-based settings while highlighting the availability and utilisation of health services among survivors of sexual violence. The research concluded that there was a large gap in resource access, particularly among preventative healthcare treatment and psychosocial services. Additionally, the findings also highlighted prominent gender disparities in reporting standards and treatment of sexual violence survivors.

Join this webinar on May 17 to capture and discuss the findings and recommendations of this study to improve sexual violence responses in humanitarian/conflict settings such as South Yemen.

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Webinar 3: Lessons learned on sexual violence research in conflict settings in times of COVID-19
24 May 2022 | 14:30-16:30 CET | online | details and registration

This research project on sexual violence started in three countries: Haiti, South Yemen and North-East Nigeria, but was finalised in the case of Yemen and Nigeria. Save the Children and KIT will explain a number of challenges faced and the coping mechanisms used when conducting research on sexual violence in these settings. Challenges that relate to the security situation in the three countries, ethical considerations, COVID-19, methodologies used, the political situation in conflict, sensitivities around sexual violence, and the composition of the research team.

In the final webinar of the series, join us to hear about the challenges and mitigation strategies and to discuss the lessons learned when conducting sexual violence research in conflict settings.

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KIT Royal Tropical Institute, www.kit.nl
Save the Children International, www.savethechildren.net

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