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The Gender-Based Violence Sub Sector - Nigeria

The Gender-Based Violence Sub Sector- Nigeria is the forum for coordination and collaboration on GBV prevention and response in Nigeria’s humanitarian response. The GBV SS brings together NGOs, UN agencies, civil society organisations, and others under the shared objective of ensuring life-saving, predictable, accountable and effective GBV prevention, risk mitigation and response in emergencies.  
The Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development is the chair and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is the sector lead Agency of the GBV SS since its inception in 2015. The Strategic Advisory Group – comprising UN, INGO, Government and Civil Society representatives - provide overall guidance and strategic orientation to the sub sector. The operational coordination of the GBV SS is from Maiduguri, Borno State with sub working groups in Adamawa and Yobe States.  The GBV SS is guided by the following approaches to achieve its purpose;
  1. Lifesaving response to survivors: facilitate access to specialised, survivor centred, multi sectoral and well-coordinated services for survivors
  2. GBV Prevention: through addressing root causes and strengthening community based actions/systems that promote accountability and resilience. 
  3. GBV mainstreaming & risk mitigation: promoting dignity, safety, health and privacy in humanitarian action