UNDP and UN Women join hands to support local partners in addressing conflict related sexual violence

Jan 18, 2017

“UN Women is committed to partner with UNDP in providing protection services as part of the UN Action Network," said UN Women Country Representative, Ms. Dina Zorba. Photo: Bernice B. Rumala/UN Women/2017

Duhok– The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women Iraq conducted a three-day training workshop on conflict related sexual violence (CRSV) for 50 representatives of local partners, including legal practitioners, law enforcement officers, social workers, and staff of civil society organizations. 

This workshop is part of the UNDP - UN Women joint project funded by the UN Action Network, in which UNDP provides legal aid services whilst UN Women provides protection services to CRSV survivors and their families. 

Held in Duhok, the Kurdistan Region, over the period of 16 to 18 January 2017, the workshop aimed at building knowledge and capacity of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) service providers on CRSV in Iraq. Addressing the needs of survivors, providing an overview of the response required to assist them, and alerting service providers as to underreporting of sexual violence and case identification were of particular focus. 

Participants were engaged in discussions on the physical, psychological, psychosexual, psychosocial, and political and economic impacts of CRSV.  Barriers to reporting abuse and ways to facilitate and document reporting were also explored. Participants were encouraged to explore the local dynamics related to reporting CRSV through role playing.  

UNDP Rule of Law Programme Manager, Ms. Chamila Hemmathagama, said: "Numerous women who have experienced CRSV are living in the camps which we serve, yet are not speaking out about this, or coming forward for services – for a range of reasons. This means we are not able to provide them with assistance, despite assistance services being available."

UN Women Country Representative, Ms. Dina Zorba, said: “We are pleased to partner with UNDP in this training. Conflict related sexual violence impacts families, communities, and all sectors of societies. This knowledge will provide steps towards essential services that are needed for survivors and their families.” She further added: “UN Women is committed to partner with UNDP in providing protection services as part of the UN Action Network.”

At the conclusion of the training, certificates of participation were granted to the trainees.


Chamila Hemmathagama, Programme Manager, Rule of Law, (m) +964 751 184 3529

Bernice B. Rumala, UN Women

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