Protection & Human Rights Standards

Protecting Education in Countries affected by Conflict

Save the Children for the Global Education Cluster, 2012.

This project provides a series of eight booklets that can be used with accompanying materials for training on how to protect education in countries affected by conflict.  Booklet One begins with an overview of the threat of conflict to education.  The following booklets cover issues dealing with education, security, protection, psychosocial support and legal accountability issues.  The specific topics are listed below:  

Booklet One: An Overview 

Booklet Two: Legal Accountability and the Duty to Protect

Booklet Three: Community Based Protection and Prevention

Booklet Four: Education for Child Protection and Psychosocial Support

Booklet Five:  Education Policy and Planning for Protection, Recovery and Fair Access

Booklet Six: Education for Building Peace

Booklet Seven: Monitoring and Reporting

Booklet Eight: Advocacy  

Booklet Nine: Education  

Strengthening Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in the Framework of Protection” Manual on Community-Based Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies and Displacement

International Organisation for Migration (IOM), 2019.

Protection is integrated into all aspects of Mental Health and Psyhosocial Support (MHPSS). Chapter 12 focuses on the relationship between MHPSS and Protection actors. It outlines how this partnership is crucial in guaranteeing that all individuals are afforded human rights and equity.  It discusses capacity building, activities and other areas of program planning.  Challenges and considerations are highlighted and a multitude or resources are provided for further reading.   

Guidelines for Integrating Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action. Reducing risk, promoting resilience and aiding recovery

IASC & Global Protection Cluster, 2015.

These Guidelines represent a comprehensive revision to the original 2005 Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines for Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings. They provide practical guidance and effective tools for humanitarians and communities to coordinate, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate essential actions for the prevention and mitigation of gender-based violence, throughout all stages of humanitarian response—from preparedness to recovery. Gender-based violence is among the greatest protection challenges individuals, families and communities face during humanitarian emergencies. Accounts of horrific sexual violence in conflict situations—especially against women and girls— and less recognized forms of gender-based violence—intimate partner violence, child marriage and female genital mutilation—are also being committed with disturbing frequency. Natural disasters and other emergencies exacerbate the violence and diminish means of protection. And gender-based violence not only violates and traumatizes its survivors, it also undermines the resilience of their societies, making it harder to recover and rebuild. 

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Emergencies What Should Protection Programme Managers Know? 

IASC Inter-Agency Standing Committee, 2011.

This document is for protection programme managers working at national and sub-national level in low and middle income countries. It is both for Protection Cluster coordinators (and coordinators of the five specific areas within the Cluster) and for protection programme managers in government, UN and non-UN international organisations and local NGO protection programmes. Based on the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC, 2007), this document gives an overview of essential knowledge that protection programme managers should know about mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in humanitarian emergencies. Social supports are essential to protect and support mental health and psychosocial well-being in emergencies, and they should be organized through multiple sectors (e.g., health, protection, camp management, education, food security and nutrition, shelter, and water and sanitation). Protection programme managers are encouraged to promote the IASC Guidelines and its key messages to colleagues from other disciplines/ clusters/sectors to ensure that there is appropriate action to address the social risk factors affecting mental health and psychosocial well-being.  

Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in an Age of Climate Change

Minority Rights Group International, 2019.

This text reviews the main challenges that minorities and indigenous peoples are exposed in the context of Climate change. Some of the key aspects proposed to be considered in order to strengthen community’s resilience are the protection of Human Rights and Climate Justice, Political Participation, Traditional Knowledge, Land Rights, Migration and prevention of Intercommunal Conflict. In this text, different cases from minorities and indigenous people exposed to the negative effects of the global climate change are offered, experiences from Africa, America, Asia, Australia and Europe are reviewed in order to present the challenges and opportunities to act for a more equitable global society.

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