Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
December 8, 2005
FY2005 Funding For Prevention and Response to Gender-Based Violence (GBV)
The conference report on our authorization for FY 2000-2001 included an earmark of $1,000,000 for an "International Rape Counseling Program — Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated in paragraph (1), $1,000,000 for the fiscal year 2000 and $1,000,000 for the fiscal year 2001 are authorized to be appropriated for a program of counseling for female victims of rape and gender violence in times of conflict and war." It was agreed with Congress that the criteria could be broadened to include a wider range of programs for the prevention and treatment of gender-based violence.
Although the aforementioned language was not included in the FY2005-2006 authorization, we believe that the continuation of this special initiative is important. Even after they have become refugees, many women and girls remain at risk of abuse. They are exposed to violence at every stage of their flight; sexual violence, including rape and exploitation, is one of the most terrible dangers confronting them. PRM's objectives are to work towards the improved protection of refugee women and girls and to ensure that their needs and concerns are supported and mainstreamed into all humanitarian programs. Response to this initiative by the international community has been extremely positive. Although GBV is not a new problem, the initiative continues to be a catalyst for increasing the focus, dialogue, research, and response by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international organizations (IOs).
A new Program Assessment Rating tool (PART) in 2005 for the Bureau focused on ‘Other PRM Programs.’ Thus, we included PRM’s work on GBV as a measure of relying on NGOs to address critical needs. PRM’s goal is to either target or integrate GBV activities into as many refugee assistance programs as possible. NGOs, as implementing partners of our major IO partner organizations, often have specialized capacities during complex humanitarian emergencies, particularly when in comes to GBV prevention and response. Therefore, PRM relies on NGO partners to fill this important gap and ensure that essential GBV support is provided to survivors and their families.
In FY2004, funding totaled $2,536,722; in FY2005, funding totaled $$3,567,151
PRM-supported Programs Under the GBV Funding Line
For additional information on these projects, please contact Nicole Gaertner at (202) 663-1481 or at GaertnerNR@state.gov.
 PRM also funds additional projects which have either an integrated GBV component or focus primarily on GBV prevention and response. They include: Southern Sudan with CHF, Burundi with IRC, and Uganda with IMC.