||At national level COs should implement a systemic approach to VAW and gender equality
In future UNW will need to complement more consistently the civil society- and community-based approach with systemic action towards reinforcing institutional performance and accountability systems.
Such an approach needs first of all to be embedded into a consistent mainstreaming action also towards other UN Agencies, to help establishing EVAW and gender equality policies as true cross-cutting issues within UNCT support to government's planning and budgeting.
Specifically on preventing and sanctioning VAW, cultural / sensitisation campaigns need to be complemented with support to the Rule of Law. This includes promoting policies and strategies that target relevant institutions, including the security sector, front responders, and the civil service at large. UNW COs could consider a variety of strategies in support of administration?s policy decisions to enhance law enforcement, such as:
a) public sector regulations and standards: sectoral Standard Operating Procedures development and their application for Chief Police, Mayors, Headmasters, Hospital Directors, Magistrates, etc.
b) on-the-job and in-service training: guidance development and dissemination; official endorsement, dissemination, and enforcement of codes of conduct for teachers, healthcare providers, police, the judiciary, and prison personnel.
b) education sector and vocational, professional training: development and inclusion of EVAW messages and provisions in curricula, at all levels
The implementation of these strategies can be facilitated and accelerated through targeted cooperation with rights-based agencies that have closely overlapping objectives (such as child protection, human rights, empowering the most vulnerable, maternal health etc). Immediate partners are UNICEF, UNFPA but also ILO, FAO, UNDP, the EU and other international agencies, donors and NGOs.
||UNW WARO will continue to invest in the regional UNDG mechanism, mainly to support UNDAF rollout processes with actions that address VAW. In this process UNW is the convening agency for Sierra Leone. We?ll model, increase and document our role in UN coordination on GEWE. At the moment, UNW coordinates four joint programmes on gender equality (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal); co-leads or participates in 6 (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Ghana, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau). We will roll out the Joint Gender strategy & Capacity building plan for UN agencies experimented in Mali, and reinforce the institutional relevance of the GTGs, opening them to Donors wherever possible. Finally, we shall strengthen our own capacity in order to better contribute to joint UN efforts on Violence against women.