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Tools for » Deployment of National Staff in Mali Supporting the development of a National Strategy on Gender Based Violence, including Sexual Violence in Conflict
Project ID:00102004Description:UNA046 UNDP UNICEF MALI
UN Action Agst Sexual Violence
Start Date *: 15 Sep 2016
UN Action Against Sexual Viole
End Date*: 13 Sep 2017
Country: United Nations Project Status: Operationally Closed
  Participating Organization:   UNDP - UNDP(MDTF/PUNO only).

Following the 2014 UN Action’s Donors conference that took place in Geneva, the Swiss Government indicated its intention to support the UNCT in Mali through UN Action, by deploying a Gender Based Violence (GBV)/ Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) Expert from their Human Security Division. In 2015, the UN Action Coordinator went on mission to Mali with the Regional Emergency GBV Adviser, based in Dakar, to define the scope of responsibilities that will be undertaken by the Swiss GBV/CRSV Expert, keeping in mind the needs of the UNCT and the ultimate goal of developing and implementing a National Strategy on SGBV/CRSV.

While the UN system in Mali has supported the development of a National Program on Violence Against Women and Girls (2011-2013), which is yet to be implemented, as well as an Action Plan for the National Gender Policy (2011-2013), these strategies do not account for critical dimensions of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) which need specific attention given Mali’s recent conflict. In UN Action’s experience in settings such as Côte d’Ivoire and DRC, National Strategies must have specific components addressing CRSV in order to ensure that prevention, protection and response to CRSV is adequate and effective.

During that mission, it became obvious that it would be strategic to support a national staff post in the office of the Minister for the Promotion of Women, Children and Family to facilitate the work of the Swiss Expert. That person would help with access to local grassroots organizations, facilitate the consultative process of developing the National Strategy and act as the liaison between the different Ministries. In addition, this post would help to build the capacity of national staff and ensure national ownership through transfer of knowledge and integration of technical advice into national policies and strategies. The national staff while based within the Ministry will maintain direct engagement with UN Country Team and in particular with UNDP. Under the direct supervision of UNDP, the national staff will attend coordination meetings, seek advice and support from existing technical expertise, actively seek to create synergies with existing programmatic frameworks to ensure that support provided to the Ministry for the Promotion of Women is inline and coherent with the overall objective of the UN operations support in Mali. 

As a result, consultations with the technical staff of the Ministry were initiated in 2015, and in 2016 the UN Action Coordinator undertook another mission to Mali to meet with all actors and refine the proposal to contract a national staff and deploy that person to the Ministry. It was then decided that the national resource person would be located within the Permanent Secretariat of the National Gender Policy (NGP 2009-2018) as the institution in charge of leading, coordinating and monitoring the implementation of initiatives, measures and action plans related to gender and violence against women in accordance with the provisions of the NGP in Mali. Indeed, one of the important outputs of the NGP is the fight against sexual violence toward women and girls. In Mali, UN Action, through its member agencies, will be engaged in a close cooperation supporting the achievement of significant progress toward gender equality, prevention and protection of women and girls in all forms of violence against gender, including sexual violence conflict.

As part of the development and implementation of the Strategy on GVB, including sexual violence in conflict, UN Action plans to support the Permanent Secretariat of National Gender Policy of the Minister for the Promotion of Women, Children and Family in the institutionalisation of Gender and Women’s human rights in the national policies and development programs.

The objectives of UN Action support is to enhance the national capacities of the Permanent Secretariat of the National Gender Policy at the technical and institutional level, through a structured coordination with key ministries, elected institutions and the civil society in order to address issues of inequality toward gender based violence, in the context of conflict. Also, it will allow to consolidate the leadership of the Ministry for the Promotion of Women to coordinate all efforts for the development of methods, means and mechanisms of reinforcement and implementation of the strategy on GBV, including sexual violence in conflict.

To that end, the Minister of Women, Children and Family intends to recruit with the technical and financial support of UN Action, a national staff to collaborate with the international consultant in her/ his mission and ensure under her supervision the necessary support for the conception of the national strategy, the national action plan and regional operational plans and its budgeting. 

At the end of the consultation, the country has a Strategy on Gender Based Violence, including sexual violence in conflict, an action plan and a regional operational plan.

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