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Nigeria: Mainstreaming Gender and SGBV Prevention and Mitigation in Protection Programming

Why gender matters in protection interventions

According to assessments conducted by protection actors in 2016, internally displaced women and children are disproportionately vulnerable to sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). Unaccompanied girls and adolescent boys, single heads of households, child mothers, child spouses, and women and girls living with disability are most at risk. This reality relates to myriad of factors including separation from families, limited access to support and economic opportunities, and overcrowded in IDP settlement which offer minimal privacy and security. Most girls and boys formers abducted by Boko Haram face stigma and family rejection. The lack of adequate reintegration services and worsening economic situations of most internally displaced persons, particularly women, girls and boy expose them to vulnerable environments making them susceptible to abuse, violence and exploitation. In order to address and mitigate protection challenges women, girls, boys and men, all humanitarian must ensure that their services are tailored to suit the specific needs of the different groups based on age, gender and diversity perspective. 

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
United Nations Population Fund
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Original Publication Date: 
31 Dec 2016
Document type: 
Field coordination