International Medical Corps works to prevent and respond to cases of gender-based violence (GBV) in four local government areas of Borno State, reaching more than 30,000 people. While mainly providing psychosocial support, International Medical Corps emphasizes on a multi-sectoral GBV response approach through coordination and referral systems with the medical, legal/security and livelihoods actors in the Borno State capital, Maiduguri.
In providing psychosocial support to survivors, International Medical Corps uses women-friendly spaces as an avenue to provide services and case management to survivors of GBV. The women-friendly spaces give women and girls safe places report and receive individualized case management services, including referrals to specialized and more advanced care. The spaces also enable women to interact with each other, building a social support network through participation in skills-building activities to make hats, fans, and beaded handbags. We also facilitate specific educational discussions on the causes and consequences of GBV.
To help prevent GBV, we work with a group of women volunteers at the community-level who distribute information about GBV and what services are available to women and girls. Working with traditional leaders, we also host GBV awareness sessions for men in the community.