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Officials are investigating sexual abuse allegations against Gabonese UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) involving 32 victims, including eight children, a UN spokesman said on Friday. The UN Senior Victims’ Rights Advocate in the…
Unfortunately, the WHO case of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse is just the latest in a long list of sexual exploitation scandals within the UN and humanitarian systems since the 1990s. The United Nations and humanitarian systems, of…
More than 50 women have accused Ebola aid workers from the World Health Organization and leading NGOs of sexual exploitation and abuse in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an investigation by The New Humanitarian and the Thomson Reuters Foundation…
A damning report has found that the World Health Organization failed to prevent and tackle widespread sexual abuse during the Ebola reponse in Congo – a probe triggered by an investigation by The New Humanitarian and the Thomson Reuters Foundation…
The World Health Organization (WHO) played a central role in the international response to the tenth outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between August 2018 and June 2020. During this period, 3481 people…
Independent investigators mandated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to probe allegations of sexual abuse by its staff in the DR Congo cited “clear structural failures” and “individual negligence”. The abuses were committed by personnel hired…
Building on the discussion from our monthly network meeting last week, we would like to inform you that we have scheduled a webinar to further introduce our newest tool, SARA, the Self-Awareness Raising App, which has been developed jointly by the…
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he takes “ultimate responsibility” for the behavior of aid workers employed by WHO who were accused of sexual exploitation and abuse while responding to the 10th Ebola…
The Open University (@OpenUniversity) has launched the first module in a package of free Safeguarding Leadership Training courses, aimed at those working in the international development sector. (@FutureLearn) The three courses will help those…
Despite what is dubbed a “landmark ruling” in Haiti, receiving justice for victimized Haitian women remains a significant challenge even after decades of harm caused by Peacekeepers. Furthermore, UN personnel deployed to support areas experiencing…
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday ordered the immediate repatriation of the entire U.N. peacekeeping contingent from Gabon serving in the Central African Republic following credible reports of sexual abuse by some…
The RSH is seeking to learn from our users about what’s working well and not so well. We would like to know what you like best about the hub, what aspects have been most, and least, helpful in supporting you on your journey to improve your…
Following a new safeguarding policy that included anti-bullying training, and have led to greater awareness and made it easier to report concerns internally, the number of adult safeguarding concerns more than doubled at Save the Children…
The Ethiopia Safeguarding Resource and Support Hub (RSH) is working to support organizations, primarily, in the aid sector to strengthen their safeguarding policy and practice against Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual Harassment (SEAH). The Hub…
Rape serves as a potent weapon of war because of the shame and psychological harm it inflicts on its victims. And as with other forms of attack in conflict settings, humanitarian workers are not immune.  While some surveys of aid workers on the…
This document lists the accountabilities of UN leadership (RC/HC) in relation to the prevention of and response to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA).
Sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) is a breach of the provisions of ST/SGB/2003/13 (Secretary-General’s bulletin ’Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse’).Sexual exploitation is any actual or attempted abuse of…
Eight displaced women living in Burkina Faso’s northern town of Kaya told The New Humanitarian they were approached for sex by local men – some of them community leaders – who said they were registering people in need of food aid. More than a dozen…
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee has published a set of guides and key messages for speakers who addresses the importance of dealing with sexual harassment in humanitarian aid. All these are included in a presentation, along with suggested…
The present report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children is submitted pursuant to General Assembly 64/146. In the report, the Special Representative describes trends, issues of concern and progress made…
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is committed to implementing the United Nations zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), in line with the Secretary- General’s bulletin on “Special…
Children were sexually exploited and whistleblowers abused in centres run by international orphanage charity SOS Children's Villages, according to details of an investigation published last week. An independent review commissioned by the NGO found…
The Charity Commission (the Commission) has issued this alert to help trustees of international aid charities to improve their safeguarding practices.  Trustees should read this alert and consider what further steps they could take to ensure they…
A wave of new sexual abuse allegations made my 20 Congolese women against aid workers engaged in response to Ebola crisis in Congo confronts the humanitarian sector. The claims come as donors pressure aid groups to do more to prevent sexual…
The Government of Nigeria, UNICEF and Save the Children conducted this survey at the beginning of 2021. The purpose of the survey was to help the Nigeria Education in Emergencies Working Group (EiEWG) understand what support member organizations…
This study documents how funders integrate safeguarding into the grant-making cycle: from assessing applications, to monitoring safeguarding and responding to safeguarding concerns reported by grantees. Recognizing funders as charitable institutions…
The World Health Organization is struggling with efforts to hire inspectors to investigate sexual exploitation and abuse in its programming, according to an agency official. Following allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse that emerged from…
Recent disclosure of sexual misconduct scandals in the aid industry prompted significant efforts to address the problem, and the reaffirmed commitment of many agencies (governmental and non-governmental) to being survivor-centered and prioritizing…
„True reform will have been achieved when aid organisations and workers approach people affected by crisis in a spirit of solidarity, rather than charity“Written by Tanya Wood, Executive Director of the CHS Alliance, the article is a piece of…
This article adds information and video materials for the recent allegations against aid workers in Congo. Employees of more INGOs and UN offices were accused for exploiting vulnerable women and sexually abusing them during their engagements with…