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Recognising the potential danger of becoming a victim of sexual gender-based violence (SGBV) is essential for personal safety and well-being.  Here are some signs and strategies to help identify and mitigate the risks:


Trust your instincts:

Pay attention to your gut feelings. If you sense that a situation or person feels unsafe or uncomfortable, take your intuition seriously.


Awareness of surroundings:

Be mindful of your surroundings, especially in unfamiliar or isolated places. Avoid walking alone at night in poorly lit areas.


Watch for red flags in relationships:

Be cautious of individuals who exhibit controlling behaviour, extreme jealousy or a history of violence. Isolation from friends and family can also be a warning sign.


Know the warning signs of abusive behaviour:

Familiarise yourself with the signs of abusive behaviour, which can include verbal threats, physical aggression, manipulation and intimidation.


Trustworthy support system:

Build a strong support network of friends and family who can help you in times of need and provide emotional support.


Educate yourself:

Learn about SGBV and its different forms, such as domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Understanding the dynamics of violence can empower you to recognise potential dangers.


Access local resources:

Research local resources and organisations that offer assistance to victims of SGBV. Know where to turn for help and support if you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation.


Self-defence training:

Consider taking self-defence classes to boost your physical confidence and ability to protect yourself in emergencies.


Safety planning:

If you are in an abusive relationship, create a safety plan that includes strategies for leaving safely, knowing where to go for help and having important documents and essentials prepared in advance.


Report Suspicious Activity:

If you observe concerning behaviour or feel threatened, report it to the authorities. Your safety is a priority.


Stay connected:

Keep your mobile phone charged and with you, and share your whereabouts with someone you trust when going out alone.


Emergency Contacts:

Have a list of emergency contacts programmed into your phone, including local law enforcement and crisis hotlines.

Preventing sexual gender-based violence (SGBV) against women who are refugees is particularly important due to the heightened vulnerabilities they face in displacement settings.  Here are specific strategies and actions for preventing it:


Safe Shelters and Accommodation:

Ensure safe and secure refugee camps or shelters with well-lit areas, locks on doors, and separate facilities for women and men.  Implement effective security measures to protect residents.


Community-Based Protection:

Promote community-based protection mechanisms where refugees collectively look out for each other's safety.  Establish community watch programs and reporting mechanisms for suspicious activities.


Awareness and Education:

Conduct SGBV awareness and prevention programs within refugee communities. Provide information on women's rights, consent, and available support services.


Women's Participation and Leadership:

Encourage the active participation of refugee women in decision-making processes within camps and communities. Empower refugee women to take on leadership roles and advocate for their rights.


Access to Education and Livelihoods:

Ensure refugee women have access to education and vocational training to increase their economic independence. Economic opportunities can reduce vulnerability to SGBV.


Legal Support and Documentation:

Facilitate access to legal aid and assistance in obtaining legal documents and refugee status. Knowing their rights and having legal documentation can empower women to seek help when needed.


Psychosocial Support:

Offer psychosocial support services for survivors of SGBV to help them cope with trauma and recover. Promote mental health awareness within refugee communities.


Healthcare Services:

Provide accessible and confidential healthcare services, including sexual and reproductive health care and counselling.


Reporting Mechanisms:

Establish safe and confidential reporting mechanisms for SGBV incidents. Ensure that survivors can report abuse without fear of reprisal.


Male Engagement:

Engage men and boys in awareness programs and workshops to promote gender equality, respect, and the prevention of SGBV.

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