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Project ID 00102313 Description UNA049 UNDP ToE COTE D'IVOIRE
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UN Action Agst Sexual Violence
Start Date *: 29 Sep 2016
Theme
UN Action Team of Experts
Project status On Going
Country Cote D'Ivoire Participating Organization   UNDP - UNDP(MDTF/PUNO only).
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In accordance with its mandate under Security Council Resolution 1888 (2009), the Team of Experts on Rule of Law/Sexual Violence in Conflict (TOE) conducted a technical mission to Côte d’Ivoire in April 2016 to discuss with national authorities the modalities of support to strengthen accountability for conflict-related sexual violence. This visit was is the result of preliminary engagements by the TOE in Côte d’Ivoire, in particular an assessment conducted in October 2014 and the facilitation of an experience-sharing exercise in addressing conflict-related sexual violence in 2013 between officials from Côte d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone. The Team’s engagement in Côte d’Ivoire resulted in the identification of targeted initiatives to address accountability for conflict-related sexual violence, and strengthening the impunity pillar of the National Strategy Against Gender-Based Violence.

These engagements paved the way for SRSG Bangura’s visit to Côte d’Ivoire in May 2016, which discussed progress made and challenges remaining in addressing sexual violence crimes committed during the post electoral crisis of 2010-2011. This visit focused on the achievements made by the Armed Forces of Côte d’Ivoire (FACI), specifically the development of an Action Plan with the support of the TOE, the signing of undertakings by senior commanders to reinforce their individual and command responsibilities, ongoing training of FACI officers, the review of the code of conduct of the FACI with specific prohibition of sexual violence crimes, and the establishment of a joint mechanism with ONUCI to follow up on reported allegations/cases of human rights violations including sexual violence crimes.

As a result of these successful political and technical engagements, and bearing in mind the imminent drawdown of ONUCI early in 2017, the Office of the SRSG-SVC and the TOE feel a sense of urgency to mobilize support and offer technical assistance to national authorities in Côte d’Ivoire to consolidate the gains achieved, particularly by the national security forces, and respond to the remaining challenges, notably, accountability, including reparations for the sexual violence crimes committed during the 2010-2011 post electoral crisis. It is essential to build on this momentum and demonstrate that the commitment and efforts displayed by the Government will be matched by the engagement and support of the international community.

 

Project description

The TOE will provide technical assistance to national efforts to combat impunity for conflict-related sexual violence in the following areas: (i) support legislative review efforts to ensure harmonisation with international standards in the area of sexual violence; (ii) strengthening the capacity of the police and the gendarmerie, including through the establishment of specialized units to address sexual violence; (iii) support to the national armed forces (FACI) and the Gendarmerie in the implementation of their Action Plans to prevent and respond to sexual violence; and (iv) provide advice to the Special Investigative and Instruction Cell within the Ministry of Justice and to Judicial Training Institute. To implement these activities, the TOE will recruit two national experts on sexual violence who will be embedded within the UNDP Côte d'Ivoire Country Office.

Through this project, the TOE will also support the organisation of a conference in Abidjan on “Addressing Conflict-related Sexual Violence by National Armed Forces in Africa", hosted by the Government of Côte d'Ivoire, aimed at promoting south-south experience-sharing and at initiating the development of guidelines for African armed forces on addressing conflict related sexual violence.

 

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