The multisectoral approach to address GBV from a gender and human rights-based approach constitutes an essential strategy to promote a comprehensive and integrated public response to GBV.
During the implementation of the Joint Programme “Essential services for women and girls subject to violence” in Peru, the following lessons learned were identified in the process of promoting and implementing multisectoral strategies for the prevention and care of gender-based violence:
Strengthening the leading role of the Ministry for Women and Vulnerable Populations is necessary in order to prevent GBV and improve services to survivors.
The approval of joint action protocols as basic and strategic instruments for intersectoral coordination consolidate the normative framework to address GBV and contribute to institutionalizing the integrated approach to violence as an essential strategy to deal with cases of violence.
The implementation of training modules with a focus on gender and human rights - and particularly through the use of the case simulation methodology - has been essential in strengthening the technical competencies of health and justice operators, as well as other key actors in the multisector approach to gender-based violence.
The generation of strategic information on the situation of GBV in Peru, has contributed to making visible the pending agenda in the prevention and attention of GBV.
The promotion of spaces for exchange and joint management among the key actors of the multisectoral public response to GBV -particularly between the health sector and the Women's Emergency Centers (CEM) - has allowed institutionalizing the necessary coordination between both sectors to ensure justice, protection and well-being for survivors of gender-based violence, in accordance with current regulations.
The development of joint training strategies between the CEMs teams and the health facilities made it possible to strengthen the levels of coordination between the two sectors, and the installation of institutional instances for joint coordination to improve the management of GBV cases.
The lessons learned from the the multi-sectoral approach to GBV in the field included:
The institutionalization of the multisectoral pilots to address gender-based violence developed in Piura and Ayacucho, through their incorporation into institutional management instruments (e.g. Organization and Functions Regulations - OFR) has been a key action to ensure their sustainability and approval by the partners.
The establishment of working groups with participants from different institutions and CSOs contributed to improving the level of coordination amongst different actors and to the improved joint management of cases.
Boosting the intersectoral and intergovernmental coordination is a permanent process. In this sense, the pilots started in Huamanga and Piura require sustained support and active participation from the different State sectors that make it up.