Prevention of Gender-Based Violence in Disasters

Raised of $4,656 Goal
Ended on 12/07/17
Campaign Ended
  • $181
  • 4%
  • Finished
    on 12/07/17

About This Project

The primary goal of the research is to identify realistic and evidence-based methods to prevent and mitigate the risk of GBV primarily. The study will attempt to determine the correlation between the main reasons of GBV, and social norms and culture, and how they could be altered to prevent GBV before it occurs. The research will aim to derive an innovative improvement of the coordination mechanism of the humanitarian clusters to avert the GBV.

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What is the context of this research?

The prolonged crisis in Syria has significantly led to a harmful impact on women and girls who are the most vulnerable groups in the crisis. Women and girls face several types of Gender-Based Violence including movement restriction, sexual harassment, and physical violence. Meanwhile, currently ongoing prevention and response strategies are not efficient, and cases of violation are continuously reported. One problem may be that the current intervention methods are not accepted or respected by the communities due to certain norms and beliefs. These norms have to be altered and transformed through effective communication channels to raise the awareness regarding the devastating impact of the violence, and to create an environment for effective intervention strategies.

What is the significance of this project?

The project will lead to a mechanism of coordination among the humanitarian partners by which the norms and culture that motivate GBV will be altered. The contribution of this study will not be only related to the prevention of GBV; it will focus, in principle, on how the norms and culture could be transformed to be preventive tools against GBV. In other words, the research will refer to GBV as a result of social factors that have to be altered using applicable and socially acceptable methods. It will not only consider GBV as an issue that we have to eliminate or solve.

What are the goals of the project?

The research will aim to explore the social norms of the crisis-affected community in northern Syria which motivate the beliefs and behaviors that a) support Gender-Based Violence, and b) restrict the acceptance of violence prevention strategies nowadays. With this respect, the research will identify the socially accepted communication channels with the community to implement an intervention cross-cutting strategy to primarily prevent the Gender-Based Violence against women and girls (camps, internally displaced people, or collective centers for displaced people). The intervention strategy will be inventively developed in cooperation with the humanitarian aid workers and will be built upon the existed strategy to prevent and respond to GBV.


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The research will include training for sixteen social workers to carry out the survey and collect data from the subjects in Syria. The training will last for four days and will take place inside Syria for two groups of social workers (8 per team) as the research will take place in two different districts. Each group will have a laptop and a printer for data entry and analysis, printing the questionnaires, consent forms, and awareness materials. The questionnaires will be administered in community safe spaces to ensure the privacy and protection sphere for women and girls. The organization will rent two community spaces for three months (the duration of the research). These spaces will require running costs that include fuel for heaters and generators and drinking water. The stationary is necessary for the questionnaires and awareness materials.

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This project is addressing a highly relevant issue and has the potential to significantly expand on the contemporary knowledge. The researcher's experience in the particular area and the issues facing the population will be of advantage in the project. I strongly believe that the project is promising and have all requisites to succeed.
I would appreciate such an amazing enrollment of this activity to be part of the enhancement to daily life basic needs for vulnerable communities

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The research will start from January 15th to March 14th. The results, conclusion and recommendations will be drawn after one month.

Oct 23, 2017

Project Launched

Jan 15, 2018

The safe spaces are ready and the teams are equipped

Jan 20, 2018

The social workers are trained and qualified

Jan 23, 2018

The questionnaire is tested and ready to be administered

Mar 14, 2018

The data collection phase ended

Meet the Team

Orwa Al-Abdulla
Orwa Al-Abdulla


Bahar Relief Organization
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Vanja Berggren
Vanja Berggren

Team Bio

The research team will consist of the researcher, co-researcher, and 16 social workers who will be based in Syria and will receive training on Gender-based Violence and data collection.

Orwa Al-Abdulla

Bahar is a non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian organization based in Turkey - Gaziantep city. The organization operates humanitarian programs in the north of Syria to alleviate the suffering of affected people nowadays. Bahar has implemented protection and GBV projects since the start of the crisis in 2011, and it is an active member of the humanitarian clusters.

- The researcher works for Bahar as a manager of the health program that includes health, nutrition, protection, and WaSH projects.

- As a part of Bahar efforts against GBV, the researcher is a gender focal point within the humanitarian clusters in Turkey under the leadership of IASC.

- Bahar was previously involved in fund-raising activities to provide a fund for protection services for women and girls in Syria.

- With a Master in Public Health and a Diploma in Humanitarian Health and Nutrition from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine LSTM, the researcher will lead this project applying the scientific background he has in a humanitarian perspective.

- The research is currently an author in a Ph.D. research regarding the impact of the crisis in Syria on health workers and health system.

- The researcher has conducted research on Diabetes Mellitus type II in Syria (prevalence and risk factors).

Vanja Berggren

Senior Lecturer at Lund University

2012 - Present
Starting teaching and research collaborations the Autumn 2012.

Researcher at Karolinska Institutet
January 2005 - Present
PhD-student with Professor Staffan Bergström, international Health, as the main-supervision. I was teaching in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Global Health contexts.

Senior lecturer at Högskolan i Kristianstad
2000 - September 2012 (12 years 9 months)
Teaching and suprervision.

2008 - 2010 (3 years)
Teaching, supervision, research planning and course curriculum Writing.

Senior Lecturer Public Health
2008 - 2009 (2 years)
Teaching public health, supervision of master theses, drafting course- and program curicculums.

2001 - 2005 (5 years)
PhD about Female Genital Mutilation in Sudan and in Sweden, co-supervised by Professor Farouk Abdel
Aziz, Khartoum University and Professor Gerais Abdel Salam, Al Ahfad University, Omdurman.

Karolinska institutet
PhD, International health, 2001 - 2005

Linköpings universitet / Linköping University
Master degree, Public Health, 1997 - 1998

Högskolan Dalarna / Dalarna University
Bachelor in Science, Nursing, 1994 - 1996

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Additional Information

The research will take place in Syria, and the survey will target men, women, and girls. Men are considered as a key group who inevitably influence the issue of Gender-based Violence, and will be mainly targeted through the intervention strategies.

Project Backers

  • 6Backers
  • 4%Funded
  • $181Total Donations
  • $30.17Average Donation
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