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Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) Sub-working Group – Egypt – Terms of Reference – April 2016

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Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) among Syrian, African and Iraqi refugees is manifested in many forms, including domestic violence, rape, sexual harassment, early and forced marriage, FGM, and denial of resources and access to services. Reported incidents of SGBV have occurred at all stages of displacement but particularly in the country of origin and in Egypt.


The SGBV Sub-Working Group (SGBV SWG) is a coordinating body with the objective of supporting a comprehensive and coordinated approach to SGBV, including prevention and response activities. The SGBV SWG prioritizes life-saving intervention and the provision of prompt, safe, confidential and appropriate services to all survivors of SGBV. It also facilitates multi-sectoral and inter-agency action aimed at prevention of and response to SGBV incidents.

The SGBV SWG contributes to a shared vision and to implement the SGBV strategy to better address SGBV through a survivor-centered and rights-based approach. It works towards supporting refugees and asylum seekers from all nationalities in Egypt.


The term Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) is used by the SGBV SWG as an equivalent of Gender-based Violence (GBV) and as, ‘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’. This includes violence perpetrated against women, girls, men, and boys.