All Survivors Project provides research to improve the global response to every survivor of sexual and gender-based violence in situations of conflict and displacement. We document cases of abuse against men and boys to supplement work on girls and women to support a global response that includes all victims of violence. We are an independent, international research project working with individuals and organisations to strengthen communities by upholding the dignity of each individual.
The global response to sexual violence in situations of conflict and displacement has until now focused on the plight of women and girls. Men and boys are also affected by, and in some cases directly targeted with, sexual violence. So far, an inclusive response on the issue of sexual violence in situations of conflict and displacement is lacking. Current research efforts on this issue are sparse, and few programmes offer services directly addressing the needs of male survivors.
A culture of silence prevails, preventing male survivors from coming forward, and impunity for sexual violence against males continues to be widespread. Sexual violence against men and boys is typically categorised as torture and addressed alongside other, non-sexual forms of torture. While it is important to treat sexual violence as a form of torture when it meets this definition under international law, it is also important to recognise the unique nature of sexual violence so as not to downplay the sexual component of the suffering.
This is a pioneering fact-finding effort into sexual and gender-based violence against men and boys across situations of armed conflict and displacement.
Committed to upholding human rights
Our work is guided by international human rights and humanitarian laws and norms, and by the best interests, dignity and safety of survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.
We aim to empower survivors to work directly with service providers and policymakers.
We are committed to being transparent while respecting the privacy of survivors.
Accountable and accurate
We wish to be accountable for using ethical approaches in our fact finding and for maintaining the highest standards of factual accuracy.
We are impartial and independent of any partisan or religious affiliation and neutral in situations of armed conflict.
All Survivors Project was founded in December 2016 as an independent research effort embedded in the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law and jointly hosted by the Health and Human Rights Law Project, UCLA School of Law. The Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) and the German Federal Foreign Office provided core support. In 2017, All Survivors Project developed partnerships with UNHCR, UNAIDS and the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children.
In December 2017, All Survivors Project registered as a not-for-profit Foundation in the Principality of Liechtenstein with support extended by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Principality of Liechtenstein. All Survivors Project continues to maintain a strong intellectual partnership with UCLA School of Law and will conduct its research following Institutional Review Board approvals received through the University.
All Survivors Project works to improve the global response to sexual violence for all victims through a more gender inclusive and holistic understanding of the prevalence, patterns, severity and impact of sexual violence on victims and communities.
Ethical Research and Advocacy
The primary aim of All Survivors Project’s research is to support advocacy for change, in particular for stronger global and national action to prevent and end sexual violence against males in situations of armed conflict and displacement and to ensure better responses for male survivors. All Survivors Project’s research involves documentation of patterns of conflict-related sexual violence against men and boys; recording individual survivor case histories; conducting assessments of the adequacy of medical, psychosocial, protection and legal responses for survivors; and analysis of the effectiveness of protection and prevention frameworks and actions. Research is aimed to result in practical recommendations directed at specific stakeholders on how to strengthen responses and support national and international advocacy by All Survivors Project.
The overarching priority in All Survivors Project’s research and advocacy is the safety, security and wellbeing of survivors and all those participating in the research whether as researchers, interpreters/cultural mediators, research participants or in other roles. Research must be designed to mitigate risks and be closely and continuously monitored throughout.
Current research and all future documentation is conducted within the ethical framework of Institutional Review Board approvals received by UCLA, School of Law. Key aspects of this framework include:
– Receiving informed consent from participants;
– Preserving anonymity, privacy and confidentiality of participants;
– Identifying a referral pathway for survivors
Code of Conduct
All Survivors Project’s work is grounded in principles articulated in our Core Values. It is essential that our commitment to human rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff, volunteers and other representatives.
The Code of Conduct provides clear guidance and principles that all our staff, volunteers and other representatives are required to respect, in addition to providing examples of conduct that will always be unacceptable. It is the responsibility of each individual involved in All Survivors Project’s work to ensure that our behaviour is consistent with our values and principles.
Where are you located?All Survivors Project Foundation has its financial headquarters in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. The Project has a strong intellectual partnership with the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law and UCLA, Health and Human Rights Law Project. All Survivors Project Foundation personnel, which include staff and consultants, are based in London, Barcelona, Rome and Los Angeles. The organisation has an international Board of Advisors which is based in New York, Geneva, Brussels, Cape Town and Los Angeles.
How do you decide which countries to focus on?All Survivors Project monitors conflict affected countries and regions and takes into consideration the scale and severity of human rights abuses committed, particularly those involving sexual violence in order to decide which countries to focus on. The safety and security of researchers and research participants is a key consideration in deciding on the choice of countries, as is our ability to ensure that we can access reliable information in a survivor-centric approach.
Who relies on your reporting?All Survivors Project presents research on sexual violence against men and boys and those abused on account of their sexual orientation and gender identity in situations of conflict and displacement to policy makers, humanitarian organisations, donors, government representatives and civil society organisations at the national and international level.
Who funds All Survivors Project?All Survivors Project is predominantly funded by institutional donors (states and their governments) and UN agencies. Key supporters are the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, Principality of Liechtenstein, and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
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