Trócaire was established in 1973. Our dual mandate is to support the most vulnerable people in the developing world, while also raising awareness of injustice and global poverty in Ireland. Trócaire envisages a just and peaceful world where people’s dignity is ensured and rights are respected; where basic needs are met and resources are shared equitably; where people have control over their own lives and those in power act for the common good. We believe in the dignity and inalienable human rights of each person, regardless of their culture, ethnicity, gender or religion. Trócaire works with local partners to support communities in over 20 countries with a focus on food and resource rights, women’s empowerment and humanitarian response.

Our approach to addressing SGBV

Trócaire believes that development cannot be achieved without challenging gender discrimination and injustice. We promote  gender  equality  in all  areas  of  our  work,  from  protecting  the  most  vulnerable  in  times  of  conflict to supporting  sustainable  livelihoods  and  upholding the rights of all.

Trócaire understands SGBV to be one of the ultimate manifestations of gender inequality and therefore we take a specific focus on addressing SGBV through working with a variety of actors at each level of the socio ecological model. At the individual level, women, girls and at risk groups are a key target focus.

Countries in which Trócaire works on Protection and SGBV:

Central America: Guatemala, Honduras

Africa: DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda and Zimbabwe

Middle East and Asia: Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan

Key strategies to deliver on our SGBV programming
  • Implement Protection Mainstreaming across all our work
  • Support women and girl survivors and those at risk of SGBV through safe spaces within communities for women and girls.
  • Mobilise community-based and focused response services to address the psychosocial, medical, legal and social support needs of women affected by SGBV and HIV.
  • Strengthen the availability and accessibility of specialised response services for SGBV and HIV to address acute needs of SGBV survivors.
  • Mobilise communities  and  engage   family  members,  communities, and institutional stakeholders to  challenge  norms  and  values  that  disempower women and facilitate SGBV.
  • Support women-centred organisations to influence social norms and advocate for laws and policies that support women’s empowerment and end SGBV.
  • Conduct gender-specific research and analysis to support programming and advocacy objectives.
Examples of our work

Reducing Risk: To deliver on this pathway, we build partner organisations’ capacity to support them to adhere to survivor-centred principles, and key programming principles of do no harm, participation and empowerment, meaningful access and accountability throughout all programming. This works is to ensure we do not exacerbate SGBV and protection risks for women, girls and other at-risk groups, and mitigates and prevents harm to the extent that is possible. This work is undertaken in all our countries of programming.

Mobilising Response: This pathway focuses on strengthening and reactivating existing family and community supports, focused supports and where needed, specialised services, to ensure that individuals, families and communities are in a position to support each other and continue functioning. Key examples of this pathway in programming include in Myanmar, Lebanon, DRC, Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia, OPT-I, Malawi and Kenya and Sierra Leone, where programmes provide core services including Women’s and Girls’ Spaces, case management, psychosocial support, health services, socio-economic support and survivor-centred legal aid.

Supporting Recovery and Social Change: This pathway supports longer-term investment in supporting women’s and girls’ empowerment, strengthening systems and institutional, social and political change. Key examples of this pathway in programming includes supporting social change through community mobilisation using SASA! Faith in Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

A key strategy is advocacy at  local,  national  and  international  levels  for  essential service provision and gender  equitable  policies  and  practices. In addition, we seek to support local organisations that are representative of marginalised crisis-affected populations, including women-led organisations, with practical supports such as assisting them to establish clinical supervision systems, funding core roles and longer term strategy development.