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15 Feb, 2016
Recently, ADHOC-CC participated in a unique initiative organised by UNICEF in Geneva.  The consultation drew the participation of over 100 representatives from UNICEF field offices, head-quarters in New York, and international and national NGOs from across the globe to discuss the ways in which already existing partnerships could be enhanced in order to realize children’s rights in emergencies. It was the first UNICEF consultation with NGOs that focused on this critical topic.

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African NGOs Speak Their Voice at UNHCR’s Annual Meeting
ADHOC CONTRACT COMMITTEE recently attended the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' 58th Executive Committee in Geneva, where it presented a well-received brief representing the thoughts of many African NGOs working with the UN agency.

ADHOC-CC Supports the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

26 Nov, 2015
ADHOC-CC supports the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. From the 25th November - 10th December 2015 (Human Rights Day) 16 days of activism against gender-based violence (GBV) will take place. The event is of the utmost importance, since an estimated one-third of all women and girls in the world have been exposed to some kind of GBV at least once during their lifetime.

'ADHOC-CC strongly supports the ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence’ and remains dedicated to responding to and preventing GBV in all of our programmes, throughout Africa'.

What is Gender-based Violence (GBV)

GBV is a global problem; it exists in every country, religion and social class. It is often deeply rooted in a culture and is a consequence of gender inequality and discrimination. Forms of GBV include harmful traditional practices (HTP), violence in the name of honour, domestic violence, sexual exploitation and abuse, etc. The world report of violence and health (WHO, 2002) showed that men perpetrate between 90 and 95% of all violent acts. GBV violence prevention and response focuses on women, because they constitute the main percentage of victims. But this does not imply that men or boys are not vulnerable to GBV, as they can also be targeted.

GBV is a human rights, protection and gender issue, requiring a multi-sectoral approach that comprises prevention and response. The areas of health, social services, security, legal assistance, policy making, education and protection are all crucial in adequately addressing the challenges posed by GBV.

ADHOC-CC’s work in Sexual & Gender-based Violence

ADHOC-CC recognises the importance of incorporating gender in our programmes, thus to do so we have drafted a working plan to mainstream gender, conducted a scoping exercise and developed an SGBV prevention and response proposal.ADHOC-CC defines GBV as ’any harmful act that is perpetrated against a person’s will and that is based on socially ascribed (gender) differences between male and females’ .

SGBV prevention and response forms one of ADHOC-CC’s key focus areas and in the near future we hope to secure funds so that we can develop our SGBV programme in the following countries; Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sudan and Uganda. In the coming years we hope to expand SGBV activities in all of our country offices, ensuring that gender is mainstreamed in all levels of our work.

ADHOC-CC’s activities between the 25th November and 12th of December

Whilst ADHOC-CC’s SGBV Programme Officer is attending a ‘Gender Equality and Programming in Humanitarian Assistance Workshop’ from the 26th till the 28th, there will be an array of activities taking place at a field level, throughout all of our country offices.

Activities at ADHOC-CC Rwanda

Following a period of consultation with the community and GBV experts, the following points will receive particular emphasis during the 16 days of eradicating SGBV campaign:

- Responsibility of parents in female education vis a vis sexual abuse and teenage pregnancies.
- Sale of food rations by men in the camp - affecting women and children in families.
- Legal marriage in the camp: It has been noticed in the camp that some illegally married men reject their wives and children after a certain period. These wives together with their young children are left exposed to violence. Therefore ADHOC-CC, along with other stakeholders, will advocate for the legal marriage of refugees. This is also an ongoing advocacy activity. (Depending on the success of advocacy in the district, a “legal marriage” day will be organized in the camp to legalize and celebrate registered couples).

Activities will include awareness raising, sensitization by community health workers, home visits and material support for SGBV survivors.

Activities at ADHOC-CC Namibia

After a successful campaign last year ADHOC-CC Namibia and UNHCR decided to launch a gender programme in Osire refugee camp, to highlight gender issues. Activities that take place include;

- awareness raising of domestic violence and sexual exploitation and abuse
- discussions on SGBV with the youth and at water collection points
- seminars
- soccer tournaments
- dramas

Many activities will further take place on Human Rights Day (10th December), with a focus on gender awareness, including a celebration to welcome new gender peer educators.

Background information

The ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence’ is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute in 1991. This period has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by:
• Raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels.
• Strengthening local work around violence against women.
• Establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women.
• Providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies.
• Demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women.
• Creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women.

Since 1991, approximately 1,700 organizations in 130 countries have participated in the 16 Day Campaign.