End Gender-Based Violence

The HIAS Foundation supports HIAS in its work to protect the right of women, girls, and LGBTQ communities to access their full potential and live free from violence by supporting survivors, mitigating risks, and transforming beliefs that perpetuate GBV.

Learn how HIAS works to end gender-based violence against refugees and other forcibly displaced people. (SideXSide Studios for HIAS)


The HIAS Foundation supports HIAS’ work with communities to reduce risk of Gender-Based Violence (GBV), increase support for survivors, and build partnerships with women-led organizations that promote and protect the rights of forcibly displaced women, girls, and LGBTQ people. We recognize the strength and resilience of all survivors and the diversity of experience and intersecting identities that confound one-size-fits-all solutions. HIAS centers the voices of survivors in our programs. This approach enables HIAS to:  

  • Meet the safety, health, psychosocial, legal, and economic needs of survivors  
  • Facilitate survivors’ access to appropriate care and justice  
  • Empower communities to lead efforts that challenge beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that perpetuate and condone violence against women, girls, and LGBTQ refugees  


WIth the support of the HIAS Foundation, HIAS' programs to end Gender-Based Violence provide women and girls, LGBTQ people, and survivors of GBV with the tools and resources to find solidarity, build resilience, take back power, and heal. HIAS also provides GBV prevention programming for men and boys to enable change that is lifesaving, transformative, and sustainable.

We accomplish this through three main strategies: risk reduction, response, and prevention.

  • Reducing the risk of GBV by providing women and girls with safe spaces, education, financial literacy, economic asset-building, and peer support.

  • Supporting survivors’ well-being through case management, psychosocial services, and referrals to essential services and LGBTQ or women’s spaces.

  • Addressing the root causes of GBV through programs for men and boys to reflect on the norms that contribute to and condone violence.

LGBTQ Refugees

LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers face discrimination worldwide, including barriers to employment, education, safe housing, legal status, and health care. HIAS supports LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers to access their rights and rebuild their lives in dignity.

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Economic empowerment is effective in stopping GBV.

A close collaboration in Ecuador between HIAS and UN Women promotes economic empowerment as an effective strategy to stop GBV.

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Marielis, a Venezuelan woman who fled her country and her violent partner, received training through the Caminando project. She says her dream is to have a successful business and bring her parents to Ecuador. (Luis Felipe Camacho)

In Ecuador, HIAS and UN Women have worked closely on the Caminando project that promotes economic empowerment and women’s rights as an effective strategy to eliminate gender-based violence, or GBV. (HIAS Ecuador)