Essential Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence

Oct 23, 2017

The United Nations Joint Global Programme on Essential Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence (the “Programme”), a partnership by UN Women, UNFPA, WHO, UNDP and UNODC, aims to provide greater access to a coordinated set of essential and quality multi-sectoral services for all women and girls who have experienced gender based violence.

The Programme identifies the essential services to be provided by the health, social services, police and justice sectors (the “Essential Services”) as well as guidelines for the coordination of Essential Services and the governance of coordination processes and mechanisms (the “Coordination Guidelines”). Service delivery guidelines for the core elements of each essential service have been identified to ensure the delivery of high quality services, particularly for low and middle-income countries for women and girls experiencing violence. Taken together, these elements comprise the “Essential Services Package”. The UN Essential Services Package was launched on 10 December 2015 at the Global Conference on Ending Violence against Women in Istanbul.

The Essential Services Package comprises five overlapping modules:

• Module 1: Overview and Introduction;

• Module 2: Health Essential Services;

• Module 3: Justice and Policing Essential Services;

• Module 4: Essential Social Services;

• Module 5: Essential Actions for Coordination and Governance of Coordination.

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