Gender-Based Violence (GBV)
Women and girls in Lebanon continue to be disproportionately affected by GBV, with early marriage, domestic violence, sexual violence (including rape and physical assault), exploitation and survival sex being its most common forms. GBV goes unreported or is under-reported due to the fear, shame and stigma that beset many survivors.
Recognized as a leader in humanitarian GBV prevention and response programming, International Medical Corps’ interventions span across all regions of Lebanon. We design our programs to support and empower women and girls who face particular risks after being exposed to conflict. Our priority is to strengthen core services for GBV survivors, particularly case management and psychosocial support services, as well as quality healthcare. To prevent future incidents of GBV, we also work with communities to address protection risks and combat harmful practices. Through our programs, International Medical Corps contributes to the development of best practices and standards around prevention and treatment of GBV in Lebanon.
We work with local organizations, community-based support workers and healthcare providers to address these risks, and to deliver quality, focused support services for survivors of GBV through community centers and safe spaces for woman and girls. We also work with communities to promote women’s equality and combat beliefs and practices that perpetuate different forms of GBV, particularly through activities that engage men and boys on concepts of gender equality, and help transform behaviors based negative social paradigms into respectful behaviors.
At the national level, International Medical Corps is a member of the GBV Information Management System and the Clinical Management of Rape (CMR) task force. Our programs are tailored to ensure that interventions are needs-driven, adapted for cultural and security considerations, and responsive to the nature and extent of GBV present in different contexts.
International Medical Corps’ key GBV prevention and response activities include individual GBV case management according to GBV guiding principles; organized safe spaces that enable women and adolescent girls to access information, seek help and establish support networks; psychosocial support through focused and non-focused activities; and stress- and anger-management and masculinity workshops directed toward men.