Extract from an interview with Sanni Bundgaard, Technical Advisor, Gender-Based Violence Program, International Rescue Committee (IRC) (Sanni.Bundgaard@rescue.org)

How important is language in your work?
Language is extremely important. Because we work with the most vulnerable populations, our beneficiaries often speak only their native languages. It is critical that our tools be adapted to these local contexts in order to provide quality services. The ability to communicate and properly understand the living conditions, protection issues, and health risks these vulnerable women have experienced is essential to our work. If the beneficiaries do not feel that they are being heard or that our services are culturally appropriate, we will not be successful.