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The World Health Organization has promised to overhaul its culture and operations in the wake of a sexual abuse and exploitation scandal involving many of its workers during the 2018-2020 Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of Congo. …
Officials are investigating sexual abuse allegations against Gabonese UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) involving 32 victims, including eight children, a UN spokesman said on Friday. The UN Senior Victims’ Rights Advocate in the…
Unfortunately, the WHO case of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse is just the latest in a long list of sexual exploitation scandals within the UN and humanitarian systems since the 1990s. The United Nations and humanitarian systems, of…
More than 50 women have accused Ebola aid workers from the World Health Organization and leading NGOs of sexual exploitation and abuse in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an investigation by The New Humanitarian and the Thomson Reuters Foundation…
A damning report has found that the World Health Organization failed to prevent and tackle widespread sexual abuse during the Ebola reponse in Congo – a probe triggered by an investigation by The New Humanitarian and the Thomson Reuters Foundation…
Building on the discussion from our monthly network meeting last week, we would like to inform you that we have scheduled a webinar to further introduce our newest tool, SARA, the Self-Awareness Raising App, which has been developed jointly by the…
Independent investigators mandated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to probe allegations of sexual abuse by its staff in the DR Congo cited “clear structural failures” and “individual negligence”. The abuses were committed by personnel hired…
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he takes “ultimate responsibility” for the behavior of aid workers employed by WHO who were accused of sexual exploitation and abuse while responding to the 10th Ebola…
The World Health Organization (WHO) played a central role in the international response to the tenth outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between August 2018 and June 2020. During this period, 3481 people…
The Open University (@OpenUniversity) has launched the first module in a package of free Safeguarding Leadership Training courses, aimed at those working in the international development sector. (@FutureLearn) The three courses will help those…
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday ordered the immediate repatriation of the entire U.N. peacekeeping contingent from Gabon serving in the Central African Republic following credible reports of sexual abuse by some…
Despite what is dubbed a “landmark ruling” in Haiti, receiving justice for victimized Haitian women remains a significant challenge even after decades of harm caused by Peacekeepers. Furthermore, UN personnel deployed to support areas experiencing…
The RSH is seeking to learn from our users about what’s working well and not so well. We would like to know what you like best about the hub, what aspects have been most, and least, helpful in supporting you on your journey to improve your…
Allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of women in exchange for humanitarian aid have reemerged in Mozambique, this time among people displaced by armed Islamist groups in the northern Cabo Delgado province. The sexual exploitation of women…
UN peacekeepers fathered dozens of children while they were stationed in Haiti between 2004 and 2017, often with women they were providing money and food to — behavior UN policy “strongly discouraged” because of the “inherently unequal power…
Following a new safeguarding policy that included anti-bullying training, and have led to greater awareness and made it easier to report concerns internally, the number of adult safeguarding concerns more than doubled at Save the Children…
The Ethiopia Safeguarding Resource and Support Hub (RSH) is working to support organizations, primarily, in the aid sector to strengthen their safeguarding policy and practice against Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual Harassment (SEAH). The Hub…
Rape serves as a potent weapon of war because of the shame and psychological harm it inflicts on its victims. And as with other forms of attack in conflict settings, humanitarian workers are not immune.  While some surveys of aid workers on the…
A recent report found that community leaders in Burkina Faso are exploiting internally displaced women, demanding sex or money in return for food aid. One local official said these reported incidents could be the "tip of the iceberg" in a…
This document lists the accountabilities of UN leadership (RC/HC) in relation to the prevention of and response to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA).

 
 

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