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WGSS / Women and Girls Safe Space

an experimental initiative supported by

IRC - International Rescue Committee - and UNICEF .

FROM 2020 IN PALERMO, THE WGSS is:

a structured place where women’s and adolescent girls’ physical and emotional safety is respected and where women and adolescent girls are supported through processes of empowerment to seek, share, and obtain information, access services, express themselves, enhance psychosocial well-being, and more fully realize their rights.

The overarching goal of a WGSS is: “to be a safe place where women and girls are supported through processes of empowerment.”

The objectives of a WGSS are:

  1. To facilitate access for all women and adolescent girls to knowledge, skills and a range of relevant services.

  2. To support women’s and adolescent girls’ psychosocial well-being and creation of social networks.

  3. To serve as a place where women and adolescent girls can organize and access information and

    resources to reduce risk of violence.

  4. To serve as a key entry point for specialized services for GBV survivors.

  5. To provide a place where women and adolescent girls are safe and encouraged to use their voice and collectively raise attention to their rights and needs.

PROGRAM

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