Global Diligence LLP partner Alexandre Prezanti together with colleagues from the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) deliver a two-day training on documenting conflict-related sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) to Ukrainian civil society organisations.
According to the UNHCR definition, SGBV refers to any act that is perpetrated against a person’s will and is based on gender norms and unequal power relationships. It encompasses threats of violence and coercion. It can be physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual in nature, and can take the form of a denial of resources or access to services. It inflicts harm on women, girls, men and boys.
SGBV is one of the most prevalent, yet underreported forms of violence in conflict. According to the Prosecution of the International Criminal Court (ICC), “Accountability for, and the prevention of, sexual and gender-based crimes require unified action, commitment, and dedicated efforts by all relevant actors.”
It is vital for first responders and documenters to know how to recognise SGBV in its many forms, to know how to speak to vulnerable victims and witnesses avoiding re-traumatisation, and to report on its devastating effects. The two-day training led by GD’s Prezanti and FIDH’s Carrie Comer provided members of Ukrainian civil society with basic techniques to document SGBV and analyse their findings using the International Criminal Court’s legal and procedural frameworks.