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During the reporting period UNRWA trained 2,278 staff in all its fields of operations as part of the roll out of the capacity building plans. The trainings focused on anchoring the survivor centred approach in the UNRWA response to GBV and View More

During the reporting period UNRWA trained 2,278 staff in all its fields of operations as part of the roll out of the capacity building plans. The trainings focused on anchoring the survivor centred approach in the UNRWA response to GBV and on rolling out the tools for GBV risk mitigation in emergencies.

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1. Secretary-General’s Campaign “UNiTE to End Violence against Women, 2008-2015” (UNiTE Campaign)

  • From 25 November to 10 December included WFP, globally conducted the 16 Days of Activism to end GBV. WFP’s call to action was “Orange the world – support gender-based violence survivors”. WFP mobilized colleagues and partners to stand in solidarity with GBV survivors and survivor advocates under UNiTE’s global banner Orange the World: #HearMeToo and to learn and reflect on the lives of GBV survivors, and the connection with WFP’s Zero Hunger mission.

     

  • In Cuba Country Office, both as part of the Inter-agency Gender Group or individually, WFP supported various sensitization workshops and events in the framework of the Secretary-General’s Campaign “UNiTE to End Violence against Women” (UNiTE Campaign). Additionally, the Inter-agency Gender Group promoted a systematization of the inter-agency experiences in Cuba (results and lessons learned) to inform the UNiTE strategy for the coming years

 

3. United Nations Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN ACTION)

WFP has three dedicated staff at the global level covering protection (including prevention and response to GBV). Furthermore, GBV is a part of the annual work plans of two members of the Gender Office, who work on the Orange Days and annual 16 Days of Activism Campaign.

 

5. Inter-Agency Standing Committee: Sub-Working Group on Gender and Humanitarian Action (IASC)

WFP has actively contributed to and benefited from its engagement in a number of inter-agency initiatives on gender equality and GBV as well as broader interagency engagement on protection.

 

WFP has a particular interest in continued engagement with the IASC Gender Reference Group and the Gender-based Violence AOR. WFP has also maintained an active presence in the IASC PSEA/AAP task team, the Global Call to Action on Protection from GBV in Emergencies, the Global Protection Cluster, the IASC GenCap Steering Committee and the Secretary General’s initiative on Human Rights Up Front. Members of the Gender Office represent WFP in IASC GRG, and the Gender Office serves as Co-Chair of the IASC GenCAP Steering Committee.

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The United Nations Trust Fund in support of actions to eliminate violence against women is a global, multilateral grant-making mechanism that supports efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls. The Trust Fund, which was View More

The United Nations Trust Fund in support of actions to eliminate violence against women is a global, multilateral grant-making mechanism that supports efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls. The Trust Fund, which was established in 1996 by the General Assembly in its resolution 50/166, is administered by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) on behalf of the United Nations system. With the strong institutional support of UN Women and its regional, multi-country and country offices, and working closely with the rest of the United Nations system through its inter-agency Programme Advisory Committee, the Trust Fund plays a vital role in driving forward collective efforts to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls.

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ESCAP and UN Women co-chair the Asia-Pacific Regional Coordination Mechanism Thematic Working Group on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (TWG-GEEW), which has formally integrated the Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign into the View More

ESCAP and UN Women co-chair the Asia-Pacific Regional Coordination Mechanism Thematic Working Group on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (TWG-GEEW), which has formally integrated the Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign into the development and implementation of its regional interagency workplan. Under the auspices of the TWG-GEEW, ESCAP and UN Women co-organized the Regional Commemoration for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women under the umbrella of UNiTE and #HearMeToo on 23 November 2018. The Ted-talk style event named E.Quality Talks: My Story of Ending Violence against Women, involved survivors of violence, survivor advocates, women’s movements representatives and women’s human rights defenders. Hearing directly from those who have endured violence, fought against it, or helped to prevent it happening to others added credibility, and helped put ‘a human face’ on facts and statistics that can provoke the public to take action. Feedback for the event was unanimously positive from both storytellers and listeners.

The event was attended by the diplomatic community, civil society organizations and UN staff. At the Regional Commemoration, the #DontTellMeHowToDress exhibition, which is a Thai version of the #MeToo movement, was launched at the UN compound. The exhibition displayed the clothing victims wore at the time of the assault to challenge the misconception around sexual violence. 

From this year's experience, the UNITE Worknig Group learnt that it is very important to provide those who are not usually heard with an opportunity to speak, and platforms to share their messages. 

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UNODC is coordinating the Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Trafficking in Persons (ICAT), established by the General Assembly. The first high-level ICAT meeting was organized in May 2018 in London. Briefings took place View More

UNODC is coordinating the Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Trafficking in Persons (ICAT), established by the General Assembly. The first high-level ICAT meeting was organized in May 2018 in London. Briefings took place in Vienna in June and during the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime in October 2018 as well as in New York on the past, present and future of ICAT. 

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UNRWA is actively participating in the inter-agency coordination mechanisms at the country and regional levels. Specifically during the 16 Days of Activism Against GBV, UNRWA coordinated its activities with the United Nations country teams and View More

UNRWA is actively participating in the inter-agency coordination mechanisms at the country and regional levels. Specifically during the 16 Days of Activism Against GBV, UNRWA coordinated its activities with the United Nations country teams and the regional gender team to contribute and support the “Hear Me Too” campaign.

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The OHCHR supported the work of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women during the first week of CSW63 in March 2019. In particular, support was provided for three side-events:

  1. Side-event on 25 years of View More

The OHCHR supported the work of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women during the first week of CSW63 in March 2019. In particular, support was provided for three side-events:

  1. Side-event on 25 years of the mandate and the femicide watch initiative, co-sponsored by the Republic of Croatia;
  2. Side-event on the mandate of the SRVAW and CEDAW General Recommendation 35, co-sponsored by Timor-Leste;
  3. Side-event on online violence against women and the non-consensual distribution of intimate images, organized jointly with Facebook.

The OHCHR also supported the Special Rapporteur on violence against women in the organization of a working level meeting with the members of the institutional platform of international and regional women’s rights mechanisms created in March 2018.

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In Kyrgyzstan, UNODC supported a female police mentoring programme focusing on crime and gender-based violence prevention. 

In Viet Nam, UNODC trained 140 criminal justice officers and legal aid professionals on providing legal View More

In Kyrgyzstan, UNODC supported a female police mentoring programme focusing on crime and gender-based violence prevention. 

In Viet Nam, UNODC trained 140 criminal justice officers and legal aid professionals on providing legal assistance for survivors of violence against women and girls.

IN Mexico, UNODC continued its training programme on violence against women for police officers and emergency call operators in 26 states, reaching 7,500 professionals. 

In Peru, UNODC trained judges, prosecutors, police officers and victim advocates on effective investigations of VAWG with a victim-centred approach, and contributed to the establishment of 10 specialized prosecution offices on VAWG and 5 courts in Lima. 

In Egypt, UNODC trained more than 300 criminal justice practitioners (police, prosecutors, judges and forensic doctors) and provided the Forensic Medicine Authority with medical equipment to facilitate receiving the ISO certificate that will allow the clinics to meet international standards.

In Namibia, UNODC organized 5 training-of-trainers workshops on GBV for criminal justice practitioners to facilitate sensitization and strengthen the multi-sectoral response to gender-based violence. 

Under its Global Programmes on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants, in 2018. UNODC delivered over 250 Technical Cooperation activities in 80 countries, training over 4,500 practitioners, government officials and civil society representatives. 

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Dominican Republic Country Office: WFP contributed to the National March with the slogan #NiUnEntierroMas, #NiMuertasNiPresasVivayLibreslasqueremos, mobilization began with more than 500 people, mostly young people and View More

Dominican Republic Country Office: WFP contributed to the National March with the slogan #NiUnEntierroMas, #NiMuertasNiPresasVivayLibreslasqueremos, mobilization began with more than 500 people, mostly young people and several civil society organizations, marched from Correa and Cidrón Avenue to the Senate of the Republic in proclamation that lower femicides against women.

DRC Country Office: 

The protection challenges faced by the population in DRC are multiple given the persistent unrest and conflict, and complexity of the food security crisis. Like all humanitarian crises around the world, children and women are the most affected. However, in DRC, women are particularly vulnerable due to the prevalence of gender inequality and sexual and gender-based violence.

WFP seeks to counteract any risks beneficiaries face in accessing WFP assistance through sensitization of communities. Prior to the registration of beneficiaries for assistance, WFP informed the local population about its interventions, ensuring understanding of the purpose, intended beneficiaries, and their entitlements.

This was particularly relevant in 2018 given the expansion of cash assistance, as the transfer was provided to the woman of the household and sensitization was needed to minimize the risk of intra-household conflict or domestic violence. WFP also provided beneficiary cards specifying the name of the cardholder's village during household registration which was important for the prevention of fraud and for ensuring the transfer was given to the intended beneficiary. Sensitization also enabled beneficiaries to assist in identifying people that were not members of their village or were not entitled to any assistance, further reducing the risk of fraud.

Complaints and feedback committees were available at distribution sites to address beneficiary complaints regarding protection-related issues.

Guatemala Country Office: 

Organized workshops in all WFP project sites on awareness raising and prevention of GBV for both women and men. ALL countries and RBP: internal awareness and information sessions on WFP policies on sexual harassment and abuse of power. 

Mozambique Country Office: 

Theatre group Utchessa in Tete premiered the piece they wrote on the theme of prevention of violence against women and girls, which was also shown in 20 other communities, coinciding with WFP's pilot on activities with cash modality. 

Myanmar Country and Field Offices: 

  • WFP’s ensured financing (USD1,000) and technical commitments Union Level High Event organized by Department of Social Welfare in Nay Pyi Taw on 26 November.
  • Displayed WFP’s orange corner, contributed key chain and orange brooch
  • WFP’s contribution (USD 700) to the Gender Equality Network (GEN) for the movement of White Ribbon Campaign and NiNi participated in the Regional Level Event organized by GEN and regional government
  • WFP contributed and participated joint orange campaign in Lashio and Myityina (USD 400 each)
  • WFP’s activities: Interactive session with children (School Feeding), IDPs and engaging men to end GBV and to support GBV survivors
  • Awareness raising session with primary students, teachers and parents to prevent and end Gender-based Violence (GEV), School Feeding Programme, Myin Gyune Basic Education Primary School in Pakokku, Magwe Region
  • Awareness session on how WFP mitigates and prevents GBV in each of WFP’s activities and sharing GBV knowledge with internally displaced people (IDP) in Nan Kham IDP Camp, Lashio, northern Shan State
  • Awareness session on how WFP mitigates and prevents GBV in each of WFP’s activities and sharing GBV knowledge with IDPs in Niang Dung Baptist Church IDP Camp, Myitkyina, Kachin State
  • Awareness raising session on how WFP mitigates and
  • prevents GBV and sharing of GBV knowledge with IDPs in Nan Kham IDP Camp, Northern Shan

Nigeria Country Office: 

WFP Abuja organised a Symposium on Ending Violence against Women & Girls “Ending VAWG Palaver; we deserve to be heard! Hear me too!” with a focus on young female politicians to be held in Abuja with guest speakers (activists, survivors and women rights’ defenders), stage performances, viewing of the documentary, and the reading of essays by students.

Nicaragua Country Office:

On December 05 and 06, 2018, within the framework of this campaign, a workshop was held on "New masculinities” addressed to the male staff of the Country Office and the field offices of Siuna and Puerto Cabezas located in the Region of North Atlantic of the Country. A total of 22 people participated in this event.

Panama Regional Bureau:

  • WFP supported “The Full Moon of Drums”, an interactive, cultural and free family festival that attracts about 50,000 people a year inspired to play drums, dance and sing to the rhythm of music in support for GBV survivors.
  • The Regional Bureau joined efforts as part of the UNiTE interagency group (See sway 2018 16 days of activism)

Syria Aleppo Field Office: 

During the 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, an Iftar banquet was held for 65 teenage girls from Kafalat Al Tofoolah orphanage, in order to contribute to their social integration within society and let them have an overview of World Food Programme and what it does in Syria. The banquet was preceded by a short session to raise awareness among the girls on the importance of education, and how they can be efficient member in society through continuing their study journey. The Iftar included many musical breaks presented by the girls, Dervishes presentation, and traditional Aleppo-featured songs. Such activities are every important in the sense that WFP in this way keeps population informed about its mandate, and at the same time draws attention to a certain category of society; the orphans, who must be given full care to grow up into productive adults

Zambia Country Office: 

During the 16 Days of Activism, the Zambia Country Office excitingly voiced out for all survivors as Men say NO to GBV. Coupled with Gender Focal Point presenting on GBV and Harassment in all its forms, action points were made to strengthen the voice for all WFP beneficiaries to Hear the Voice in ending GBV.

 

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Training and capacity-building remained a key area of the UN Trust Fund’s work both online and in face-to-face workshops. For example, the fund has implemented 10 online training modules, developed in 2017, on how to ensure View More

Training and capacity-building remained a key area of the UN Trust Fund’s work both online and in face-to-face workshops. For example, the fund has implemented 10 online training modules, developed in 2017, on how to ensure accountability for grants, in accordance with the Project Cooperation Agreement, including sessions on project design, monitoring and evaluation; financial and operational management; and ethics and safety. The course is open to new Trust Fund grantees and their implementing partners and is offered as refresher training to all current grantees. By December 2018, the sessions had been delivered live in three languages and recorded to ensure wider participation and share knowledge.  In September 2018, the Trust Fund held a five-day knowledge-exchange workshop in Amman, involving eight current and new grantees working on ending violence against women and girls in humanitarian contexts. The event provided an opportunity for grantees to obtain access to training to respond to programmatic and operational gaps in capacity, exchange learning and knowledge and document knowledge in a format that can be used for both internal and external purposes. 

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