Overcoming barriers to strengthen the voices of all women in Rakhine State for social cohesion and peace – With UNFPA

Status: Active
Duration: April 2018 – September 2019
Budget: USD 1.8 million [UNDP 1 million/UNFPA 800,000]
Coverage: Rakhine
Beneficiaries: Representatives of relevant departments of Office of the Attorney General, Office of the Supreme Court of the Union, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Rakhine State Government, Ministry of Health and Sport, implementing NGOS and civil society organisations
Donors: Japan, UN Peacebuilding Fund
Focus: National reconciliation, democratic governance, conflict prevention and management
Partners:
Government, National NGOs, UNFPA

About the Project

The project has been designed within a women peace and security rights based framework (Protection, Participation and Prevention pillars of the UN Security Council resolution 1325) to address the social and structural barriers that prevent women’s participation and voices both in the formal peace process and in bottom up peacebuilding processes through fostering social cohesion between communities in Rakhine. It promotes women’s participation and inclusion in inter-communal dialogue platforms, including online platforms and conflict resolution forums with a focus on ways to promote women’s access to justice including for gender based violence cases.

Objectives

Social and structural barriers that prevent women’s participation and voices both in the formal peace process and in bottom up peacebuilding processes addressed through fostering social cohesion between communities in Rakhine.

Expected Results

  • Protection and participation of marginalized women, including IDP women and survivors of gender-based violence, increasing civic engagement and inter-communal dialogue.
  • Promote values, skills, and knowledge of local communities and justice actors to provide gender and conflict sensitive mediation and resolutions.
  • Increase women’s access to local justice, peace and policy-making mechanisms.

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