Launch of UNDP's project on “Enhancing protection for vulnerable women and girls among Syrian Refugees”

09 Dec 2013

imageThe UNDP Vulnerability Monitoring and Legal Aid Centre, with a Syrian refugee asking a question related to sexual and gender-based violence. Photo by UNDP Iraq 2013.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that starts each year on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day. The campaign seeks to raise awareness about gender- and sexual-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels.

This year, UNDP organized a live painting performance along with a short play in Kavargosk camp in Erbil to raise awareness on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and its social, legal, physical and mental health repercussions within the refugee community.

During the event, the joint UNDP/UNFPA project on “Enhancing protection for vulnerable women and girls among the Syrian Refugees from SGBV and Trafficking” was successfully launched by Tavga Rashid, the Director-General of the Kurdistan Region Independent Board of Human Rights, and representatives from the Directorate for Tracing Violence Against Women. More than 100 participants attended the event.

The UNDP Vulnerability Monitoring and Legal Aid Centre is now visible, accessible and operational in the camp.