The New Deal and the GBV strategy: Picking up speed in the fight against GBV

The New Deal and the GBV strategy: Picking up speed in the fight against GBV

Nov 19, 2014

“GBV has become a priority issue for the Federal Government of Somalia as well as for the United Nations. On her visit to Somalia in April 2013, the Special Representative to the Secretary-General (SRSG) for violence in conflict, Zainab Bangura, highlighted the need for the international community and the Federal Government of Somalia to strengthen the legal framework and reform the Penal Code so that it criminalizes all forms of GBV.

With the London Communiqué of May 2013, the Federal Government has made a step in the right direction by showing its commitment to provide adequate responses to GBV survivors. And this is urgently needed. The recent GBV incidents and rape cases in Mogadishu show that responses to the phenomenon nationwide are insufficient.

Survivors reporting their abuse fear being accused of defamation instead of receiving help. It is time that perpetrators are held accountable and survivors receive the necessary support. On the following pages we will show you what the UN and partners are doing to prevent GBV and help survivors.”

Philippe Lazzarini
Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and
Humanitarian and Resident
Coordinator for Somalia


  • Cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) rampant in Somalia
  • Lack of trust in security and protection services makes women and girls Vulnerable to Gender-Based Violence
  • The New Deal for Somalia calls for “zero-tolerance on gender-based violence

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