C4D Works! Addressing GBV-related social and gender norms in Somalia

Success stories from Eastern and Southern Africa


Gender-based violence (GBV) is the most pervasive yet least visible human rights violation in the world. Although anyone can experience it, women and girls are disproportionately affected by GBV, and by sexual violence in particular.

In Somalia, deep-rooted cultural beliefs create persistent inequalities between men and women and place women at particular risk of being victimized.

In response to the significant experience and threat of GBV faced by women and girls in humanitarian settings such as Somalia, UNICEF developed the Communities Care: Transforming Lives and Preventing Violence Programme (CC Programme). CC is a UNICEF flagship programme for GBV prevention activities, specifically designed for emergency settings, with two main objectives:

  1. To improve timely, coordinated and compassionate care and support for survivors of sexual violence by strengthening community-based response, and
  2. To reduce tolerance for GBV within the community and catalyse community-led action to prevent it by transforming harmful practices and social norms that perpetuate gender inequality and related violence.

November 2020

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