Gender and Democratic Governance & Stabilization

Gender and Democratic Governance & Stabilization
Traditional leaders, Cizarina and Susan encourage an owner of a local restaurant in Nyang Payam to become a traditional leader. Photo: ©UNDP

Gender Results in Access to Justice and Rule of Law Project in 2015

  • A total of 144 (45 percent female) social workers and police personnel were trained in four states in SGBV investigation, sensitization, and coordination for a survivor-centric approach. The SGBV case management system was incorporated in the South Sudan National Police Service crime statistics reports in 2015.
  • Thirty-seven community policing outreach activities were conducted in five states at county, payam, and community levels. These outreach activities increase awareness on the laws of South Sudan, especially with respect to issues of forced and early marriage, police and court processes, human rights, women’s rights as well as sexual and gender based violence (SGBV)
  • 194 traditional leaders (23 female) trained on women’s rights, gender justice, and the bill of rights were conducted.
  • Annual customary law forum conducted in Juba for 45 (15 female) traditional leaders.
  • The number of women appointed to customary/traditional courts in Torit increased from two to 15; and one woman was appointed to adjudicate on the customary court in Central Equatoria.
  • SGBV police desks established in hospitals in Eastern Equatoria and Western Bahr el Ghazal states to help SGBV survivors with Police Form 8, which is a medico-legal requirement in case survivor wishes to avail legal remedy.
  • Sixty-seven women received legal aid services in Central and Eastern Equatoria, and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states with support from the Centre of Justice, Democracy and Foundation for Human Rights Initiative. Twenty-five of them were represented in court.

Gender Results in Community Security and Arms Control Project in 2015

  • 1,360 (25% female) people actively participated in public debates and awareness programmes during the year 2015.
  • Baseline Perception Survey on Peace, Community Security and Sexual and Gender Based Violence in South Sudan was completed and validated at six state and one national level workshops, and acts as a baseline for programming and outcome level monitoring and evaluation.
  • The 10-state level consultations and the National Women’s Peace Dialogue, led by the South Sudan Women’s Peace Network, which is jointly supported by UNDP and UNWOMEN, have, for the first time, gathered a critical mass of views and experiences from women on the conflict and their role in the peace process and have fed into position paper and implementation plan which are going to be used as a framework of reference for demanding accountability from the stakeholders involved in the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS).
  • The South Sudan’s Women’s Network responded to women’s need to interpret and analyse the content of the peace agreement according to their specific needs and the role they can play in the peace process.

Gender Results in Democracy and Participation Project in 2015

  • Trainings on citizens’ participation and local government functions supported by UNDP in Tore Payam, attended by 13 women. This was unprecedented because women have not been participating in such trainings in Tore Payam of Yei County.
  • Training of trainers as Civic Education Ambassadors in Yei from 17th – 18th Sept 2015 highlighted discrimination against women in governance. Majority of participants said that women in most cases were undermined when given a position or a task to do in government. They recommended equal treatment of men and women for smooth participation and good governance.

Gender Results in IGAD-RSS Regional Initiative in 2015

  • Civil Service Support Officers (CSSOs) from IGAD Member States with significant skills, experience and professionalism identified, deployed and managed, with gender distribution as (70% males and 30% females CSSOs)
  • Eighteen (20 percent) of the 90 deployed CSSOs were women (20%). Out of the 18, one CSSO was at middle level management; and 17 at the implementing level in accordance with the RSS staff grading structure. 
  • Twenty-six percent of the 236 twins are women at various grades at the national, state, and county levels. About 14 percent of the 35 supervisors are women.