What We do: Protection

  1.    Gender Based Violence (GBV)

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a life-threatening global health and human rights issue. International humanitarian law establishes protections for civilians, including women and children, during times of conflict.
ISDP use the following guiding approaches and principles  underpin all standards, and are referred to throughout the Minimum Standards as the ‘GBV guiding principles’:(1. Survivor-centred approach- Safety, Confidentiality,  Respect, Non-discrimination;2.  Rights-based approach; 3. Community-based approach; 4. Humanitarian principles; 5.Do no harm’ approach) 

2. Female genital mutilation (FGM)

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is practised carried on girls for a variety of complex reasons, usually in the belief that it is beneficial for the girl. It has no health benefits and harms girls and women in many ways. FGM is a human rights violation and a form of child abuse, breaching the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and is a severe form of violence against women and girls.

At ISDP we provide evidence-based guidance on the management of women with female genital mutilation (FGM) and those who are considered to be at risk. It covers the clinical care of women before, during and after pregnancy, including the legal and regulatory responsibilities of health professionals. 

3. Child protection

Who is a Child

ISDP consider a child to be  “every human being below the age of 18 years unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier”. This is in accordance with Article 1 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child.

Child abuse

We define child abuse as all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including commercial exploitation, sexual abuse while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child.

ISDP Child protection Principles and values

The following principles and values reflect ISDP’s stand on child protection: Zero tolerance of child abuse, Recognition of children’s interests, and Sharing responsibility of child protection

Awareness and Advocacy

ISDP is an NGO committed to the welfare of the IDPs, Asylum seekers, refugees, women and children. ISDP is also involved in Awareness and Advocacy programs on various themes related to the promotion of Health of women and children, rights of women and girls and other occasions for the general societal well being, in the context of the Somali societies. ISDP organizes various activities such as workshops, seminars for community stakeholders, and public forums on the following themes; Best Feeding practices, hygiene & sanitation, Nutrition, Peace Building & Reconciliation, primary Health and HIV/AIDS and Elimination of FGM in all its forms.

ISDP participate in all the cluster meetings, also organizes forums and seminars to commemorate various days on the UN and human rights calendar and the Somali National days relevant to its thematic areas. These include the FGM Zero Tolerance Day on 6th February,  the International Women’s Day on 8th March, Somali Tree Planting Day on 17th April, the World Environmental Day on 5th June, the World Breastfeeding Week on 1st August, International Day of Peace on 21st September, Universal children’s day on 20th November, the International Day Against VAW on 25th November, the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day on 29th November, International AIDS Day on 1st December and the Human Rights Day on 10th December.