GPC Operations Cell: gpc[at]unhcr.org
Gender-Based Violence: chase[at]unfpa.org
Child Protection: rpouwels[at]unicef.org
Housing, Land and Property: jim.robinson[at]nrc.no
Mine Action: unmasgeneva[at]un.org
Protection risks faced by communities across the globe continue to shock, unlike anything we reported before — jumping 36% in only one year, leaving 150 million people in need of protection in 2022. The past several months have highlighted the crushing range of constraints that are limiting such quality of access across our operations.
Most protection cluster operations estimate that protection services can reach and be reached on average by 25 to 50% of those in need. Operations in Yemen, Ethiopia, Sudan and Mozambique offer even lower estimates.
This means that across operations, half to three-quarters of people are left to fend for themselves – invisible to the outside world and without the most basic protection and support.
In the second quarter of this year, we report that sexual and gender-based violence, attacks on civilians, and attacks on education and health were again reported as predominant protection risks across our operations; highlighting the need to align our protection of civilians and access agenda.
In this report, we bring into focus contexts where protection work is being challenged at its foundation due to constraints to access, and how certain protection risks and trends are being exacerbated by these access constraints.
We also highlight some of the ways we can collectively strengthen access for protection looking at leverage points across policy and practice dimensions.