Beng cites IOM for GBV interventions in camps PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 June 2016 13:47

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco on Friday cited the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for expanding interventions focused on mainstreaming gender-based violence in camp management and operations in Zamboanga transitory sites.

The life of a woman, a girl and a boy is shattered once rape and other forms of gender-based violence occurs and it takes a life time of healing and governmet nin partnership with stakeholders must provide immediate intervention to ease the trauma toward wellness, Mayor Climaco told the IOM and participants to a 3-day training on GBV Mainstreaming in Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) operations.

“My heart bleeds every time a rape case happens and we ask the PNP Women’s Desk and the CSWDO to help,” she stressed as she thanked the IOM through the agency’s chief of mission in the Philippines Marco Boasso.

The training held from June 1-3 at the Garden Orchid Hotel centered on the guidelines for integrating GBV interventions in humanitarian action to reduce risks, promote resilience and aid in recovery. The activity was an offshoot of a baseline assessment by the IOM on selected community members and leaders at the Mampang transitory site May 23-26.

The IOM’s Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE) in Geneva has been implementing pilot projects aimed at reducing the risk of GBV by improving camp coordination and camp management, identification of vulnerabilities and threats of violence and enhancing the implementation of GBV risk mitigation measures.

In the framework of this project, the IOM is exploring ways on how women’s participation in camp governance contributes to reducing GBV risks. Ensuring meaningful participation of all sectors of population in decision making processes and in camp governance structures is an essential pillar of good camp management.

A well-mix of participants representing CCCM stakeholders attended the 3-day training and came up with action plans that will be implemented with the support of the IOM.

The IOM, an intergovernmental organization, has been in Zamboanga since the onset of the response following the 2013 siege, through the provision of temporary shelters in the evacuation centers and later in the transitory sites and other forms of interventions. — Sheila Covarrubias