[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_toggle title=”What is Gender based violence?” style=”default” size=”md” open=”false” el_id=”1463297547858-94e283f6-8464″]Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is an umbrella term for any harmful act that is perpetrated against a person’s will, and that is based on socially ascribed (gender) differences between males and females. GBV and in particular sexual violence, is a serious, life-threatening protection issue primarily affecting women and children.

It causes and is not limited to physical, sexual and psychological harm. It usually encompasses but it’s not limited to spouse battering, intimate partner violence such as marital rape, dowry/bride price related violence, femicide, sexual abuse of children in the household and outside, child labor, crimes with violence, early marriage, forced marriage, female genital mutilation /cutting, forced male circumcision, sodomy, rape, request for sexual favors at work, in school and elsewhere, commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Did you know?” style=”default” size=”md” open=”false”]

  • The main causes of Gender Based Violence in Somali includes Cultural beliefs and practices, financial insecurity, and drugs
    abuse, economic deprivation and low status of women/girls.
  • Most violence towards women is committed by an intimate partner.

[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”What to do if you are victim of GBV” style=”default” size=”md” open=”false” el_id=”1463297790320-2b387f32-d037″]Quickly go to a safe place after the incident

2. Take a bold step and Break the silence! Call Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) free helpline 5555 for immediate help. Get to a safe place e.g. hospital and other health facility or nearest police station.

In cases of Sexual Violence;

·    Do not clean yourself or bathe before being treated. If you change clothes put the dirty ones in a brown paper bag or wrap them in a      news paper. Never use plastic (polythene) bags to store your clothes

·    Do not cut your nails or brush your teeth

·    If you must pass urine, do it in a clean container and bring it with you to health centre for laboratory testing

·    Present your case as a Gender Based Violence issue to a health practitioner within 72 hours (3 days) from the time the incident occurred

·    Report the matter to the Police

·    Seek psychological support

·    Seek legal redress/legal advice[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][/vc_row]