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Project ID:00130106Description:PBF/IRF-456: Promoting peace a
Peacebuilding Fund
Start Date *: 13 Jan 2022
Peace Dividends
End Date*: 12 Jul 2023
Country: Gambia Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

The Project is timely and has been designed to respond to what will be a critical feature of the post-TRRC context in which it would be implemented, namely, the integration of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS) in the justice sector, as a means of ensuring that SGBV survivors can mitigate against the stress and other potentially negative effects of court hearings and other interactions with justice sector officials.
The main goal of this Project is to contribute to peacebuilding and social cohesion through reduce     the short- and long-lasting effects of SGBV on the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of survivors, their families, and communities. The Project’s interventions center first and foremost on the promotion and protection of the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of SGBV survivors through the provision of services, community engagement, knowledge sharing and learning, as well as strengthening local and national institutional efforts and capacities to continuously address SGBV and promote mental health in The Gambia. 
In The Gambia, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) was a reoccurring theme of the public hearings of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC). Dozens of survivors, which included both men and women, publicly testified about SGBV they encountered, from forced nudity and abortion, to molestation, sexual assault, and rape. SGBV is one of the most traumatic and pervasive, yet common life threatening and protection issues that human beings suffer, which can often affect survivors in several ways, including depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Horrifically, some of the most disturbing incidents examined by the TRRC over its 892 days of public hearings include systematic, state sanctioned sexual exploitation, violence, and rape of young women, and sexualized torture of men. 

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