Red Cross to hold second Africa Region Sexual and Gender-based violence (SGBV) forum

Published: 25 October 2016

Nairobi, 25 October 2016 — Members of 14 African Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies will meet for a three-day forum in Nairobi this week to strengthen their collective efforts to combat Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) across the continent.

Hosted by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Kenyan Red Cross, the Norwegian Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the forum provides a platform for attendees to share their experience of tackling SGBV, and to agree on steps that will ultimately lead to its eradication.

The forum will address the issue of SGBV in areas with ongoing conflict, communities in which SGBV is commonplace, and how to strengthen programmes aimed at bringing SGBV to an end.

Delegates from 15 sub-Saharan Africa Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies – Burundi, CAR, Comoros, DRC, Djibouti, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Zimbabwe – and the members of the media will attend the forum, which takes place between 26 and 28 October at the Boma Inn in Nairobi, Kenya.

The main expected outcome of the meeting is an action plan on how to further tackle SGBV in a coordinated way across sub-Saharan Africa.

“The IFRC condemns in the strongest possible terms sexual and gender-based violence, in all circumstances,” said Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, IFRC Director, Africa Region. “We are making every effort to coordinate and cooperate with other relevant stakeholders, such as the UN, governments, regional organizations and humanitarian organizations, to end sexual and gender-based violence.”

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For more information, or to set up interviews, please contact:

In Nairobi:

  • Naoko Ishibashi, Communications Officer, Africa, IFRC
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In Geneva:

  • Reeni Amin Chua, Senior Officer, Public Communications and Outreach, IFRC
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