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Sharing experiences in addressing gender-based violence: Women & girls in crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of South Sudan
24 Sep 2019 -  Gender-based violence (GBV) is a violation of human rights and an obstacle to the achievement of sustainable development and lasting peace. The year 2019 brought substantial advancement on political commitments and action towards ending GBV.

The 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly will focus on six Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the goals on “Peace, Justice, & Strong Institutions” and “Partnerships for the Goals.” In line with this focus, Canada, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of South Sudan, OCHA, UNFPA, UNDP and the EU will convene a side event to share experiences and take stock of lessons learned in responding to gender-based violence (GBV), particularly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in the Republic of South Sudan. This side event is also an opportunity to follow up on the international Conference on Ending Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Humanitarian Crises hosted by Norway, in partnership with Iraq, Somalia, UAE, UNFPA, OCHA and the ICRC in May 2019 and, more recently, a high-level event co-organized by UNFPA and the Organization of African First Ladies for Development in collaboration with the African Union during the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development.