Ensuring MHPSS for Gender-based Violence Survivors and Those at Risk: A Responsibility for Everyone in the Humanitarian Community

Date of webinar: 
21 Feb 2017
Start and finish time of webinar: 
2pm UTC; 3pm CET
Jeanne Ward, Expert on gender-based violence
Jessica Izquierdo, Public health practitioner
MHPSS network

About the webinar:

MHPSS network is organizing a webinar on integrating Gender-based violence interventons in humanitarian settings.

Jeanne Ward and Jessica Izquierdo will be presenting the newly revised Guidelines for Integrating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings (2015).  

Jeanne will provide a brief overview of the development of the revised Guidelines, with a particular focus on the recommendations in the Guidelines that link to promoting the Mental Health & Psychosocial well-being of GBV survivors and those at risk, underscoring the need for all humanitarian actors to be prepared to provide GBV-related support and referrals.

Jessica will offer a case study from Myanmar on building humanitarian commitment to and knowledge of how to engage with survivors and provide referrals, even if you are not a GBV expert.

Registration: to register please send an email with your name, organization, country and WhatsApp number to sabrina@mhpss.net – There is limited number of online participants and it is advised to apply as soon as possible (selection on first-come, first-serve basis) and you will receive the confirmation of  your participation within 48 hours.

About presenters:

Jeanne Ward is an internationally recognized expert on gender-based violence (GBV). She provides technical leadership, training, assessment and monitoring support to UN agencies, INGOs, NGOs/CBOs and government partners in developing and improving GBV-related research, policies, systems, and programs. Currently based in Kenya, she has consulted to over 30 countries around the world. She is the author of numerous publications on GBV, and has developed globally disseminated tools and guidelines.   Most recently she led the revisions to the IASC Guidelines for Integrating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings (2015). She has taught at Smith College and Columbia University.

Jessica Izquierdo is a public health practitioner focused on emergency response and community-driven development. She provides technical support and leadership across reproductive health and gender-based violence programming in emergencies and has served vulnerable populations in complex settings across Africa, Asia and Latin America. She continues to be an activist for the rights of marginalized groups in and out of her work, and currently supports the rollout of the GBV guidelines globally as a master trainer.


Marcio Gagliato is a Brazilian psychologist, with master degree in social psychology and pursuing his PhD in Global Public Health. Marcio was awarded a Human Rights Fellowship from Columbia University (NY) and has worked in several countries, especially in emergency settings, focused on a wide range of MHPSS management programmatic areas.

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