Gender Based Violence
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign runs annually from the 25th of November and culminates on the 10th of December, International Human Rights Day. The campaign also encompasses the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on the 3rd of December. In this issue of the Equal Access Monitor, Handicap International and Help Age International profile Gender-Based Violence (GBV); and the particular challenges and successes refugees with disabilities, injuries, chronic disease, and older persons face when needing to access GBV services in Jordan and Lebanon. The sexuality, sexual health concerns, and vulnerabilities to GBV of these refugees are often overlooked. Yet, research shows us that they are some of the world’s minority groups most at risk of this form of violence (1).
Gender-based violence (also referred to as “Sexual and Gender Based Violence” or “SGBV”) encompasses sexual violence, such as rape, as well as emotional and economic abuse such as control of resources, removal of decision making powers, and denial of basic needs due to gender. These are abuses that are known to be prevalent amongst older persons as well as people with disabilities, injuries, and chronic disease.