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Terms of Reference of the GBV Working Group


Category 5 Hurricane Dorian made landfall on Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama in the Bahamas from 1-3 September 2019. As estimated 76,268 individuals have been impacted by the hurricane. Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands are the most severely affected by Hurricane Dorian and most of their inhabitants have arrived in Nassau searching for shelter, food, protection, health and psychological assistance. The official death toll as of 10 September rose to at least 56 and the number of missing persons stands at 680. Evacuations from Abaco to the New Providence was led by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). It has been estimated that over 14,000 people have been displaced due to the disaster, among them over 2000 are staying in official shelters where they are receiving food, water, medical and social assistance through the support of the Department of Social services. 

The Government response is being led by the NEMA through the Emergency Operations Center. At the national level the response is being organized across 14 Emergency Support Functions (ESF) identified as critical, similar arrangements are being set up in Abaco and Grand Bahama. 

Protection has been recognized as one of key Emergency Support Functions and established as a Protection working Group in Nassau was established on September 16th under the leadership of UNHCR, providing predictable leadership and accountable response to protection during the humanitarian crisis in the country due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian. Gender-Based Violence (GBV) has been designated as one of the two Areas of Responsibility under the Protection Working Group,
and UNFPA was designated as the global lead of the Gender-Based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR). 

The GBV Sub-Working Group (GBV WG) aims to consider all types of gender-based violence in its coordination, planning, and advocacy activities related to GBV prevention and response in the humanitarian context and will give special emphasis to increasing access to holistic services and support to survivors of GBV at all geographical levels.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Population Fund
Original Publication Date: 
08 Oct 2019
Document type: 
Terms of Reference
Coordination hub(s): 
Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC)
Hurricane Dorian - Aug 2019