Response Update: Crisis in Tigray, GBV AoR

Jul 21, 2021

The crisis in the Tigray Region has resulted in protection risks and concerns that have heightened the vulnerability of women, girls, boys, and men. As of 24th May, 1,918,220 people have been identified as internally displaced throughout the Tigray Region, 52% of whom are women and girls (1). Continued fighting, insecurity, break-down of security systems and social services, involvement of multiple armed actors, critical humanitarian needs and dire living conditions have created a high-risk environment and forced displacement in which GBV is a widespread daily reality for women and girls. The extent of the GBV problem in this crisis is captured in various statements including by the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth, Prime Minister, ICVA, IASC, UNSRSG-SVC, and the heads of nine UN agencies and other officials (2). Furthermore, findings from consultations with women and girls held by IRC show that there is an increase in sexual harassment, assault, rape and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).