Preventing and addressing gender-based violence in Malaysia
Since 2010, ICMC works within Burmese refugee communities in Malaysia to prevent and respond to sexual or gender-based violence, especially by improving access to emergency support services for refugee women and children.
ICMC provides refugees with safe shelter, medical and psychosocial care, and counseling. Through the Refugee Women’s Protection Corps (RWPC), a group of trained Burmese volunteers, ICMC offers counseling and assistance to refugees who suffered sexual or gender-based violence. Being members of the same Burmese community, these volunteers are able to better approach vulnerable women and children requiring assistance and to identify specific needs.
The project is aimed at reducing the risk of sexual or gender-based violence among refugee women and children in Kuala Lumpur, the Klang Valley and Penang, as well as addressing its consequences. As part of the program, ICMC funds community-based organizations - including two support centers for Rohingya women - to carry out different activities focused on raising awareness on sexual or gender-based violence.
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