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Women & Girls’ Safe Spaces: A Promising Practices Guide

Women and Girls’ Safe Spaces are a key strategy for the protection and empowerment of diverse women and girls affected by humanitarian crisis. This Promising Practices Guide outlines why WGSS are an important part of CARE’s GBViE programming and what teams need to know about establishing and managing WGSS.

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About this Resource

CARE’s GBViE Guidance Note recognizes Women and Girls’ Safe Spaces (WGSS) as an important GBV response activity and our evidence highlights the impact of WGSS on women and girls. This resource  highlights what teams need to know when designing effective safe spaces. It draws on structured interviews with CARE teams implementing WGSS in eight countries to showcase examples of how programs have put key principles into practice.

This resource is available in three parts:

  • WGSS Promising Practices Guide: This document highlights the key principles and interagency standards for the design and implementation of CARE WGSS interventions. It outlines why WGSS are an important part of CARE’s GBViE programming and highlights promising practices to consider.
  • Summary of country examples: This document summarizes how CARE teams in Bangladesh, Egypt, Lebanon, Nigeria, South Sudan, Türkiye-Northwest Syria, Uganda and Yemen have implemented WGSS in different ways.
  • WGSS Project Cycle Tool: This document outlines different steps to take across the project cycle when establishing and maintaining WGSS, with links to relevant tools and resources.

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