It’s been four years since the multiple scandals of #AidToo forced humanitarians to reckon with the consequences of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) and sexual harassment. There have been many new initiatives launched that have been designed to address the problem. However, a steady flow of public reports of both abuse of staff as well as project-affected community members, and change remains slow as evidenced through the UK Parliament’s International Development Committee report (amongst others).
Since 2018, there has also been a significant shift in acronyms and terminology, with new words and ways of speaking developing alongside increased efforts to address the issue. But what do these acronyms mean and how do they relate to one and another? Sexual Exploitation, Abuse (SEA), Sexual Harassment (SH), Safeguarding and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) are closely related but different areas of work. To further complicate the issue, different organisations may all have different definitions, and the acronyms and language continues to proliferate.
Increasingly, the humanitarian community is conflating these separate but overlapping fields of practice. The evolving vocabulary used by different agencies and donors may also cause confusion amongst practitioners who are striving to address the needs of survivors.
It is important for practitioners to understand the theoretical and practical differences and similarities between the areas of work as well as areas where actors may be able to support each other to survivors’ benefit and to the furthering of shared collective goals.
This webinar will provide an overview of the core concepts and aim to clarify similarities and differences between them. It will outline practical issues which may stem from the conflation between roles and responsibilities between GBV and SEAH practitioners and the practical harm which may come to survivors where this occurs – using case examples to ground discussion. The webinar will use the RSH produced bitesize piece: Understanding SEAH and GBV as its theoretical foundation.
Join the GBV AOR Community of Practice and RSH for a webinar on February 24, 2022 to learn more!
Sarah Martin, Moderator GBV AOR Community of Practice. Sarah has over 25 years of experience in humanitarian response. She is currently the co-facilitator of the Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility’s (GBV AOR) Community of Practice. She is also a consultant who specializes in strengthening GBV prevention and response and addressing sexual exploitation and abuse. She is the author of several papers and reports including: Core Competencies for GBViE Program Managers and Coordinators, Must Boys be Boys? Ending Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Peacekeepers and ‘Stranger Danger’ and the Gendered/Racialised Construction of Threats in Humanitarianism.
Danielle Cornish-Spencer is a Principal Consultant, Safeguarding, at Social Development Direct. She brings over 15 years of experience working in safeguarding, gender-based violence prevention and response, women’s economic rights, gender and protection mainstreaming, gender-transformative programming and girls’ education. Danielle has worked as an implementer in a wide range of contexts including protracted humanitarian contexts as well as in emergency response. Danielle is also a co-author of the RSH bitesize piece on understanding GBV and SEAH.
Nancy Abwola has over thirteen years’ experience in Violence against Women (VAW)/GBV programming and safeguarding in both development and conflict settings. She has supported several civil society organizations, governments, and the UN in Sub Saharan Africa to strengthen their VAW/GBV programming and safeguarding. Nancy also supports Multi-National Development Banks (World Bank and African Development Bank) to ensure risk of SEA/SH is mitigated within the bank funded projects, and is a Tutor of Gender at the Global Women’s Institute at George Washington University, USA.
Eric Saa Dentor, GBViE Specialist, Emergency Response Team, UNICEF. Eric’s main role focuses on supporting gender-based violence in emergencies (GBViE) programming around the world. Eric has over 14 years of professional experience on gender-based violence (GBV) and protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA). Eric previously worked for UNICEF in South Sudan and Ethiopia as Child Protection Specialist where he contributed to the integration of GBViE prevention, risk mitigation and response across UNICEF’s sections and clusters.
Please also be advised that this webinar contains content on safeguarding, that some may find distressing.