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The risk of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment (SEAH) is likely to continue to increase in the coming months during the COVID-19 pandemic and response. Evidence from previous pandemics shows that secondary impacts can lead to changes in community behaviour and mobility, greater gender and social inequality and weakened service provision creating conditions that increase the risk of SEAH. It is therefore important that international safeguarding standards are prioritised and maintained as part of the COVID-19 response, with a focus on those who are most likely to experience SEAH. This guidance note has been developed to support civil society organisations (CSOs), the private sector and other stakeholders in the aid sector to take appropriate action to prevent and respond to SEAH.




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