Local authorities strengthen capacities on gender-based violence prevention and support for survivors

More than 40 representatives from 18 State institutions and specialists in access to justice, human rights, and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) participated in three awareness-raising and capacity-building training courses implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) between November and December 2023.

With funding from IOM's Development Fund (IDF), the courses held in the provinces of Chiriqui and Darien offered a comprehensive vision of the challenges faced by girls, adolescents, and women in terms of gender-based violence, sexual violence, and their access to justice, particularly in contexts of human mobility.

IOM technical specialists in Panama facilitated a constructive dialogue among the participants through their presentations, addressing issues related to health, support for survivors of gender-based violence, judicial processes, and human rights.

Representatives of the Ministry of Women's Affairs, the Supreme Court of Justice, the Ombudsman's Office, the Ministry of Health, the Secretariat for Children, Adolescents and the Family, the Office of the Attorney General, the National Migration Service, the National Border Service and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted the importance of developing collaborative and multisectoral strategies to continue strengthening institutional capacities to prevent sexual and gender-based violence.

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