Study of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence among Older Populations in Situations of Conflict-Induced Displacement

AAAS is partnering with HelpAge USA to conduct a study assessing the prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) among persons older than 49 years of age in populations of protracted displacement.  


Project staff are pleased to annouce the release of the report, Age is No Protection: Prevalence of gender-based violence among men and women over 49 years of age in five situations of protracted displacement. The results of this first-of-its-kind report start to fill the gap in knowledge concerning the issue of gender-based violence toward the world's displaced elderly populations, an issue that is becoming more urgent as the duration of displacement increases as well as the number of elderly people being displaced. 

For the AAAS news article, click here.   

About the Project

AAAS's partnership with HelpAge USA will ensure the scientific rigor of the study and that it is undertaken in a way that is ethically responsible, mindful that the subjects of the study are among the most vulnerable victims of human rights violations. To that end, AAAS, in coordination with an advisory council, will identify and coordinate ethicists and a multi-disciplinary team of highly qualified scientists who have experience conducting prevalence studies in vulnerable and marginalized populations. AAAS is undertaking activities on data collection, pilot testing, ethics and methodology training for field researchers, and preparation of the final technical report.