Mainstreaming human rights and gender justice in response to SGBV, with focus on Northern Uganda
The project focuses on Northern Uganda to address the sexual violence exacerbated by decades of conflict (in line with UN Res. 1325). It builds on government's commitment to mainstream human rights (HR) and gender in all its plans and particularly to protect women from sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).
a) Increased awareness of women of their rights
b) A shift in attitudes in the communities when dealing with SGBV
c) The judiciary and legal profession will adopt a gender sensitive approach when dealing with victims of SGBV
d) National and international advocacy strengthened to hold government accountable to its HR obligation to protect women from SGBV.
The proposal seeks to address the root causes of SGBV by addressing women's powerless within society and the law. Therefore the project adopts a rights based approach: It focuses on the legal empowerment of women to claim and assert their rights. Given that a key component of legal empowerment is to address the power relations that marginalise women, the project targets the community to analyse their culture through a HR lens in order to promote fairer gender relations. Concurrently it strengthens the judiciary and the legal profession to protect women from SGBV by domesticating international HR standards in the judicial & law enforcement processes. Empirical research shall be conducted to support the national, African and international HR mechanisms to effectively monitor government's obligation to recognise, respect, fulfil, protect and promote the sexual and health rights of women.
Activities include: legal aid & counselling for 1000 victims, 120 community HR dialogue targeting 12,000 people; training of trainers (ToT) workshop of 20 judges & magistrates, training of 30 magistrates from N-Uganda; ToT of 45 male & female lawyers; development of bench book with judicial guideline and of case book on civil remedies for victims of SGBV; end-term evaluation to document impact & lessons learnt; advocacy.