Talking about sexualized and gender-based violence (SGBV)

| August 8, 2022

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Our Script of the week covers some of the same ground as this edition’s Farmer story from Mali, and is from our most recent package of resources.  

Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is any act, or the threat of an act, that causes physical, psychological/emotional, economic, or sexual pain or injury to a person because of that person’s gender.

Examples of SGBV that can lead to death, physical injury, or psychological trauma include infanticide, honour killing, female genital mutilation, femicide, human trafficking, forced labour, forced marriage, confinement, dispossession, rape (of an intimate partner or non-partner), domestic violence, and humiliation.

This script includes real and fictional representations of survivors of SGBV as well as social workers and advocates who fight against SGBV in their line of work. They discuss SGBV at the workplace and in the informal work sector and suggest the best way forward in Ghana. 

If you want to create programs about sexualized and gender-based violence and the services available to support survivors of SGBV, talk to people who work in social service organizations and other supporting organizations, and, if possible, speak with survivors of SGBV. You might want to ask them the following questions:

  • What is the definition of SGBV and what does it include?
  • How common are instances of SGBV in this area?
  • What services are available in this area to support survivors of SGBV?
  • What are the most important things to remember in caring for survivors?
  • What kinds of policies should workplaces enact to ensure that offices, farms, and other places are safe for all workers?