Digna

Welcome to Digna

The Canadian Centre of Expertise on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.

Our goal is to help Canadian international development and humanitarian organizations improve their ability to PSEA, towards their program participants, particularly women and girls. We aim to increase awareness of, access to, and use of gender-responsive policies and good practices to PSEA.

PSEA Focal Points - Meet-up! 

Tuesday, May 18th 13:30-15:00 pm (ET) Digna is convening PSEA focal points from across Canadian civil society to provide an opportunity to learn, reflect, and exchange with one another. This is the first annual meetup of the Focal Points Community of Practice, with the goal of initiating members into the online portal, creating connections between members, and facilitating conversations on topics identified by members. Participants can expect to learn from others in the sector on how to ensure that their organizations are able to respect the rights of their program participants and effectively respond to cases of SEA.

On February 18th, 2021, Digna hosted a webinar on reducing recruitment risks for the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse. Learn from our speakers on some ways you can enhance your recruitment practices while ensuring you are respecting Canadian legal frameworks.

Digna’s virtual conference on how the international cooperation sector can prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse took place on January 27th, 2021. The conference included sector leaders, government officials, and PSEA champions who discussed how we as a sector can prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse.

“Canada strongly condemns all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse in international assistance.” Global Affairs Canada has established two requirements for organizations that receive funding under Canada’s International Development and Humanitarian Assistance Envelope. 

The Leaders’ Pledge on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct represents our shared commitment as Canada’s global development and humanitarian leaders to ensure the full implementation of practices and policies that will protect and respond to our own staff, volunteers and the communities we serve.

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Online Community

We encourage anyone from a Canadian organization to join the Digna online portal to stay connected and engage with Canadian professionals working to prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse.

Featured Documents

Are you trying to develop a code of conduct (CoC) that addresses sexual exploitation and abuse in your organization? AQOCI has created a CoC template to help organizations meet GAC’s requirements regarding PSEA

AQOCI developed this organizational Checklist on Sexual Violence to support organizations in their efforts to strengthen practices to PSEA

How can international cooperation organizations provide better support to a victim/survivor of sexual violence? This brief gives a non-exhaustive picture of best practices for providing support medically, psychosocially and throughout the legal process.

“The Resource and Support Hub (RSH) is developing a series of five online training modules called Safeguarding Matters. The modules use scenario-based learning to tell the story of a fictitious civil society organization called Family Health Frontiers (FHF). Over the five modules, learners join the FHF team as they seek to become a safer organization and navigate safeguarding challenges.” Module 1 and module 2 are available now on their website!

Bond developed a suite of core policies that can be adapted or used as they are to strengthen your safeguarding framework. “Together they cover the basics that you need to have in place in your organization.”

Stay up to date with Digna’s News. Access our published e-Newsletters.

Access our Resource Library

Did you know that Digna has a resource library with over 100 PSEA resources?

We compiled examples of Organizational Policies from Canadian CSOs, as well as examples of Codes of conduct that explicitly prohibit sexual exploitation and abuse to help Canadian organizations develop their own. We also have code of conduct templates that will help you clearly state your expectations for staff, volunteers and partners. 

At our resource library you will also find available training, examples of digital media and much more!

Would you like to be featured on Digna's online database?

You/your organization can be featured in a list of identified resources and professionals that can offer support services to Digna’s network of Canadian non-governmental organizations working in international cooperation in their efforts in PSEA.

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