Author: World Health Organization; Department of Gender, Women and Health
Institution: World Health Organization (WHO)
Publication Date: 2007
Related Categories: Gender; Humanitarian
There is increasing concern around the levels of sexual violence in emergencies, natural disasters and armed conflict, and the associated human rights and health issues. The World Health Organisation (WHO) having recognised this, has produced a paper to highlight some key recommendations for those involved in planning, conducting, funding, reviewing protocols for, approving or supporting information collection on sexual violence in humanitarian settings. The WHO notes these recommendations are to be used in parallel with existing codes of practice currently available. However, this paper importantly fills a gap by focussing on the particular issues that arise during the collection of information about sexual violence specifically in emergencies. It is therefore of interest not only to staff involved in sexual violence inquiries but to all researchers, programme planners, funders, ethics review committees, ethicists, managers and staff working on or in humanitarian contexts.