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Guidance Note on COVID-19 AND PSEA_2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 is severely affecting everyone in Lebanon and around the world. Experience from previous health emergencies, such as the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemics in West Africa and the Zika virus outbreak, have shown that sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is likely to increase as families are confined to their homes, schools are closed, movement restrictions increased and access to critical services and livelihoods may be compromised. Experience from previous health emergencies have also shown that the risk of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) is exacerbated, with affected populations expressing increased concerns over SEA. Overall, there are increased risks, particularly for the most vulnerable, in crisis contexts and therefore strengthening our commitments to Accountability to Affected People (AAP) and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) is especially important.


  • Language: English
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  • Theme: Policies, Guidance & Codes of Conduct
  • Year of publication: 2020
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  • Country: Lebanon
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Sexual exploitation and abuse represents a catastrophic failure of protection. It brings harm to those whom we are mandated to protect.

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee is working to scale up protection from sexual exploitation and abuse across humanitarian response efforts. This website and global dashboard has been developed and managed through the support of UNICEF. It is dedicated to providing technical support and resources to practitioners, and to tracking inter-agency, collective progress across countries with a humanitarian response.