Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA ) Slides used from DPKO, UNICEF, GenCap and PSEA Task Force. Maha Muna Gender Advisor, UNFPA March 2012. PSEA is a MUST!. Save the Children report “No one to turn to” (From May 2008)
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Gender Advisor, UNFPA
A father approaches John, an NGO worker, and offers his 16 year daughter to him. John replies that she is too young. The father tells him that in that country, the age of consent is 16, so it is legal. John asks you if he is allowed to engage in sexual relations with people under the age of 18 if the local age of consent is younger. How would you reply?
1. Sexual exploitation and abuse by humanitarian workers constitute acts of gross misconduct and are therefore grounds for termination of employment.
2. Sexual activity with children (persons under the age of 18) is prohibited regardless of the age of majority or age of consent locally. Mistaken belief regarding the age of a child is not a defence.
3. Exchange of money, employment, goods, or services for sex, including sexual favours or other forms of humiliating, degrading or exploitative behaviouris prohibited. This includes exchange of assistance that is due to beneficiaries.
4. Sexual relationships between humanitarian workers and beneficiaries are strongly discouraged since they are based on inherently unequal power dynamics. Such relationships undermine the credibility and integrity of humanitarian aid work.
5. Where a humanitarian worker develops concerns or suspicions regarding sexual abuse or exploitation by a fellow worker, whether in the same agency or not, he or she must report such concerns via established agency reporting mechanisms.
6. Humanitarian workers are obliged to create and maintain an environment which prevents sexual exploitation and abuse and promotes the implementation of their code of conduct. Managers at all levels have particular responsibilities to support and develop systems which maintain this environment.
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