REPORT LAUNCH Violence, uncertainty, and resilience among refugee women and community workers: An evaluation of GBV services in the Dadaab refugee camps

How best can we prevent and respond to violence against women and girls in humanitarian settings? Despite a growing field of research on the prevalence and dynamics of this violence, evidence on effective prevention and response services has remained limited. In February 2018, however, new findings and recommendations will be released in a report on a four-year study in the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya.

You are warmly invited to attend one of the report launches:

A special event will also be held in the Dadaab refugee camps to share the findings.

Dr Mazeda Hossain of the Gender, Violence and Health Centre led the study in the Dadaab refugee camps between 2014 and 2017, with two humanitarian agencies – the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and CARE – who were delivering gender-based violence (GBV) response services. The study forms part of a research consortium of research projects on What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls programme and was led from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC).

The research examined a model of comprehensive case management that – uniquely – recruited and trained refugee community workers to form an essential cadre of workers to deliver GBV response services to survivors of violence in their community within the camps. The study asked whether and, importantly, how this model of care with task sharing works to influence access to care, wellbeing, safety, and mental and physical health among GBV survivors in the Dadaab refugee camps.

Key findings from the research include:

  • factors from the Dadaab refugee camp context that contribute to on-going violence and barriers to accessing services
  • the distinct violence refugee community workers face in their dual role of community members and GBV activists living side by side with survivors and perpetrators of violence in a refugee camp context
  • the acceptability of the response services among survivors
  • specific recommendations that policymakers, UN agencies, and donors should adopt to improve violence against women and girls prevention and response programmes and policy

Research team


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