DAC Recommendation on Ending Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment in Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Assistance: Key Pillars on Prevention and Response.
DAC members accepted on 12th of July 2019 DAC Recommendation on Ending Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment in Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Assistance: Key Pillars on Prevention and Response, which is the first international instrument on SEA and SH that applies to development co-operation and humanitarian assistance.
Despite continuing efforts by the international development community, sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and sexual harassment (SH) persist in development co-operation and humanitarian assistance. It is essential to increase efforts to prevent and respond to all forms of SEA and SH, recognising that gender-based violence and violence against women and girls remain some of the most prevalent human rights violations and abuses in the world. The DAC Recommendation aims to embody an ambitious standard to build systems best fit to prevent and respond to SEA and SH. In addition, it includes provisions aimed at supporting DAC members and non-DAC members having adhered to the Recommendation in their efforts to implement the commitments it contains, establish mechanisms for continued shared learning, and monitor progress in combatting these issues. While ensuring a survivor and victim-centred approach, which is essential for effective prevention and response to SEA and SH, based on the wishes and needs of survivors and victims, it requires listening to those who are affected, responding robustly and sensitively, and learning from every case. This approach requires that prevention and response be contextualised, culturally appropriate, and embedded in an understanding of the local and national legislative frameworks to protect the victims.