Gender-based violence and site/settlement planning

This collection contains a series of guidelines, a video message, academic research papers, handbooks, reports and a response guidance on gender-based violence and site/settlement planning.
Current guidance comes from leading local and global organizations and institutions: CARE International UK, CPC Learning Network, Global Protection Cluster, Global Shelter Cluster, Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and World Vision.
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Women in displacement

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), with technical support from the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) and in coordination with the Global Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster, developed and implemented a two-phase project in various camp and camp-like settings targeted at supporting opportunities for women’s equal and meaningful participation in camp governance structures. The project was delivered through a participatory approach that included developing community-designed and led empowerment strategies. The first phase of the project involved assessing how displaced men, women, and various at-risk groups, including adolescent girls and women and girls with disabilities, participated in camp life and camp decision-making processes, and this also led to exploring strategies that could facilitate opportunities to increasing women and girls’ participation and improving their feelings regarding overall safety in the camp. These strategies were subsequently developed into community-designed interventions, such as skills and leadership training. The second phase of the project consisted of assessing the outcomes of these interventions as they relate to fostering women's and girls’ participation in camp life and camp governance, and whether their participation led to any changes to their perception of safety. As part of a broader global-level project aimed at reducing gender-based violence (GBV) risks in camps and camp-like settings, the project was premised on evidence that scaling up women’s agency in the public and private sphere is critical to social transformation and preventing violence against women and girls in all settings.  For further information on this project and others please visit,, where you can find out more about accessing toolkits and training.