Translators Without Borders (TWB) supports the IASC AAP/PSEA Task Team to translate the IASC six core principles relating to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse into 100 languages

Post date Tuesday, 5 June, 2018 - 10:03

Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA): the IASC 6 core PSEA principles translated into 100 languages

Preventing sexual exploitation and abuse in the humanitarian sector starts with ensuring everyone understands the basic principles. That means making the information available in simple terms and in local languages. The IASC Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Task Team and Translators without Borders (TWB) have developed a plain-English version of the six principles. TWB is now translating it into 100 languages that humanitarian staff and affected people around the world will understand.

The Task Team, in collaboration with TWB, is delighted to publish a plain-language version of the PSEA principles in the first 35 language versions. Other languages will follow in the coming weeks and months.

We encourage humanitarian organisations to share the document widely: post it in your offices and at community centres and refugee sites, email it to your colleagues in their languages. Let’s get the word out!

In the English-dominated humanitarian sector the benefit of a plain-language English version is twofold:

It promotes understanding by non-native speakers of English, particularly those with limited English proficiency.
It removes ambiguity and legal terminology, increasing the chances of an accurate translation into other languages.

IASC member organisations in the relevant countries are reviewing the completed translations as they are developed. This is to ensure that the language used is both readily understood locally and seen as appropriate and inoffensive. 

Many thanks to those organisations which have supported the validation process to date, including colleagues from: Amity Foundation, Care, Community World Service Asia, Croix-Rouge de Belgique, Croix-Rouge Malagasy, GOAL, International Rescue Committee, Lutheran World Relief, Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam Intermon, Save the Children, Red Crescent of Uzbekistan, Sphere, Trócaire, UNHCR, UNICEF, and Women in the New Nigeria and Youth Empowerment Initiative (WINN).

TWB is sourcing translators, revisers, and validators for the remaining languages. Any organisation interested in contributing to the translation and validation process should contact

Relevant Documents: 
Rules on sexual conduct for humanitarian workers - Plain Language English Version (124.22 KB)
List of Validated Translations (5.6 KB)
Arabic translation of PSEA principles (15.26 KB)
Basque translation of PSEA principles (14.39 KB)
Bengali translation of PSEA principles (16.12 KB)
Burmese translation of PSEA principles (1.65 MB)
Catalan translation of PSEA principles (14.55 KB)
Chinese translation of PSEA principles (16.54 KB)
Dari translation of PSEA principles (16.86 KB)
Farsi (Persian) translation of PSEA principles (16.87 KB)
French translation of PSEA principles (15.52 KB)
Galician translation of PSEA principles (16.44 KB)
Haitian Creole translation of PSEA principles (8.49 KB)
Igbo translation of PSEA principles (15.26 KB)
Indonesian translation of PSEA principles (14.66 KB)
Italian translation of PSEA principles (19.15 KB)
Japanese translation of PSEA principles (16.76 KB)
Kinyarwanda translation of PSEA principles (15.72 KB)
Korean translation of PSEA principles (17.69 KB)
Nepali translation of PSEA principles (57.02 KB)
Panjabi translation of PSEA principles (18.38 KB)
Pashto (Afghanistan) translation of PSEA principles (15.29 KB)
Pashto (Pakistan) translation of PSEA principles (16.14 KB)
Portuguese (Brazil) translation of PSEA principles (16.76 KB)
Russian translation of PSEA principles (16.02 KB)
Serbian (Latin) translation of PSEA principles (28.5 KB)
Spanish - es translation of PSEA principles (8.06 KB)
Spanish (Latin America) translation of PSEA principles (17.15 KB)
Thai translation of PSEA principles (140.3 KB)
Turkish translation of PSEA principles (14.71 KB)
Ukranian translation of PSEA principles (15.08 KB)
Urdu translation of PSEA principles (15.49 KB)
Vietnamese translation of PSEA principles (8.5 KB)
Oromo translation of PSEA principles (15.31 KB)
Kikuyu translation of PSEA principles (18.82 KB)
Kurdish Sorani translation of PSEA principles (15.64 KB)
Guarani translation of PSEA principles (14.14 KB)