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ABA New Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

By Bernice Leber and Salli Swartz

At its Midyear Meeting in Miami, the ABA House of Delegates adopted a policy resolution urging governments worldwide, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the United States, and the United Nations to improve donor coordination, transparency, and accountability for programs and services provided to victims of sexual and gender-based violence, including in armed conflict areas. In the resolution, the ABA recommends better data collection, independent audits, evaluations, and disclosure of how funds are spent and calls upon governments, donors, NGOs, and multilateral institutions to work together to develop and implement methodologies to create publicly accessible national databases with data about programs and the number of victims.

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