Report: Al-Moez Al-Rasheed – Muhammad Al-Amin
The file of the Unit for Combating Violence against Women and Children is considered one of the most important files that the transitional government has taken care of, as it is of paramount importance to remove harm from a group that needs protection. Therefore, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development devoted a great deal of space and attention to this comprehensive file through performance reports throughout the last period of the year 2019 until year 2020.
The performance report reflected the achievements and activities of the unit as the highest institution in the state concerned with combating gender-based violence, specifically women and girls, based on the unit’s competencies and in implementation of the tasks of the transitional period stipulated in Article 7 S 7 of the constitutional document for the transitional period of 2019, which stipulated that state agencies during the transitional period ensure that Strengthening the rights of women in Sudan in all political, social and economic fields and combating all forms of discrimination against women, taking into account temporary preferential measures in cases of peace and war.
The unit, through its partners, has implemented several programs that provide a better situation for women and girls and for various service providers in the field of combating gender-based violence and in implementation of its functions in light of a supportive political will and to provide a more open atmosphere to work with international and regional standards and to implement Sudan’s international and regional commitments with respect to the protection of women and girls and the activation of mechanisms Protection through unity is a coordinating mechanism to remove Sudan from the list of countries not committed to the protection and prevention of gender-based violence.
Through this file, we shed light on the most prominent challenges faced by the unit during the last period, which dealt with the tasks and competencies of the Unit for Combating Violence against Women, its vision, mission and strategic goal, in addition to addressing the executive summary and performance report that concerned policies, strategic plans, and legislative reform in the areas of social protection, social development and building sustainable peace. Partnerships with the international community, emergency response, challenges, lessons learned and priorities for the next stage, in addition to community outreach and media communication, all of this can be found through this file and to the details through the lines.
The Unit for Combating Violence against Women and Children was established by a decision of the Council of Ministers in November 2005, followed by another Resolution No. 537 regarding the establishment of the Unit for Combating Violence against Women in the Ministry of Justice. Minister of Welfare and Social Security at the time and currently affiliated to the Ministry of Labor and Social Development after the December Revolution.
Coordination with state governments:
One of the unit’s competencies is to coordinate with state governments for the purpose of establishing similar units and setting general and strategic policies, executive plans and work programs for combating violence against women and children in coordination with ministries and government institutions related to the national and wilaya and civil society organizations to ensure that these bodies play the role assigned to them within the framework of the general plan to combat violence against women and children, with the importance of strengthening the relationship with the United Nations organizations and similar bodies regionally and globally to assist in the implementation of political programs and plans for combating the phenomenon of violence and to immediately initiate the establishment of an information base for violence against women, taking into account the need to conduct research and prepare studies to determine the type and size of the phenomenon of women in Sudan and to work on Documenting and disseminating them and focusing on holding conferences and seminars in the areas of violence against women for the purpose of raising awareness and societal change of the phenomenon of violence in coordination with the media, in contrast to the activity of community awareness to change practices, general concepts and habits harmful to women by focusing on the phenomenon of violence in coordination with civil society organizations and local, regional and international voluntary organizations and The importance of preparing periodic reports on the phenomenon of violence against women in Sudan and submitting them to the competent minister on the situation of violence against women in Sudan, in addition to the importance of moving seriously to provide financial resources in coordination with the competent authorities to implement plans and programs for combating violence against women.
All of these measures aim to create safe and steadfast societies free from gender-based violence, in which access to justice is easy and an environment of protection and prevention from gender-based violence is supported by binding laws and legislation and a political will capable of enacting and amending national laws and legislation that take into account women’s rights and fulfill the state’s obligations regarding Following is the sustainability of protection for women and girls.
Comprehensive social security system:
The report relied entirely on ten axes and within the achievements of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development in an integrated form that reflects the ministry’s vision as a comprehensive system for social and health security, development and social protection, while the first axis dealt with the approval of standard and common work procedures to address and respond to gender-based violence in Sudan and the signing of the framework agreement with the nations Within this framework, the joint framework agreement between the Sudanese government and the office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations on combating sexual violence in conflict areas was also signed in March of the year 2020 in New York. The framework of joint cooperation and the action plan emanating from it according to intended timetables for Sudan to meet international standards. The following is the axis of community civil protection, which is an essential service to enhance protection and provide psychological support services over the phone to survivors of gender-based violence. The axis of international and regional partnerships with international and regional organizations was reviewed. Walloo To strengthen the mechanisms for implementing protection and prevention programs based on gender-based violence and to address various and integrated interventions with the Ministry to respond to health emergencies and comprehensive closures due to the Corona pandemic and respond to floods and floods and address their effects and interventions to reduce the burdens of living, enhance social protection, provide health services and ensure protection from gender-based violence While the axis focused on benefiting from facing challenges, most notably the importance of having devices for early warning and a comprehensive and unified database for social protection, activating the coordination mechanism between sectors, enhancing communication with the public and activating media work with a focus on future priorities and strengthening democratic transformation. This requires institutional reforms and activating the role of the ministry in its various units. and its management to combat financial corruption and protect institutionalization in state agencies.