Thursday, December 7, 2017

Consultant (Women Peace and Security) - UN Women - Apply by: December 17, 2017

Consultant, Women Peace and Security
Organization: UN Women 
Location: New Delhi
Last Date: 17 Dec 2017

Background
UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas: increasing women’s leadership and participation; ending violence against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting.
In the area of peace and security, UN Women is a global advocate for strengthening women’s participation in positions of leadership and decision making in all matters related to conflict prevention and resolution, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, rule of law and access to justice.

In India, UN Women works in close partnership with select security sector institutions to build capacities of stakeholders on gender sensitive designing, implementation and monitoring of relevant programmes. Since 2015, UN Women has been working on mainstreaming gender in the Rapid Action Force (RAF), which is a specialized force in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), set up to deal with riots and riot like situations, crowd management and maintenance of public order[1].

The RAF, being an integral part of the state machinery, is responsible for protecting and safe-guarding citizens’ rights, including women’s rights. It is therefore critical that members of the force are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge on designing, implementing and monitoring gender-responsive plans which are sensitive particularly to the difference in the security threats to women, men and other genders, their varying vulnerabilities, needs, challenges and concerns[2]. Unfortunately, however, gender and human rights concerns have hitherto remained outside the scope of its training curriculum[3].
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