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1. UNV Assignment Title: Network and Outreach Coordinator (For Indonesian Nationality only)
2. Type of assignment: National UNV volunteer
3. Project Title: Strengthening capacity of New Men’s (Laki-laki Baru) Alliance for gender-based violence prevention and supporting its social media campaign
5. Location, Country: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
6. Expected starting date: January/February 2011
7. Brief Project Description: Partners for Prevention (P4P) is a joint UNDP, UNFPA, UNIFEM and UN Volunteers regional support programme for Asia and the Pacific. Through an integrated approach of enhanced knowledge, skills and regional partnerships, P4P supports primary prevention in Asia and the Pacific as a contribution to the long-term improvement of human rights, dignity, peace and development for all. P4P’s specific goal is the primary prevention of violence against women (VAW) or stopping violence before it starts. The programme’s strategy includes working with boys and men to change the root causes that allow for violence against women to persist across all societies. Thus the outcome this programme will contribute to is an increase in the number of boys and men who support ending violence against women. Partners for Prevention is situated at the regional level, meaning that it supports cross-border learning and adaptation of promising practices, consortiums of practitioners engaged in collective action at the regional level, regional analysis of the root causes of violence against women, and consolidates innovations from the local level to the global levels. Being situated at the regional level, it serves to connect local interventions with global expertise, and helps to inspire enhancements across the region. As a part of these regional activities, P4P works with partners on the ground in approximately 10 countries and Indonesia is one of these countries with partners in Aceh and Jogjakarta.
Laki-laki Baru (LLB) is the national network working on strengthening men and boys’ contributions to ending gender-based violence (GBV) and enhancing gender equality. LLB is now conducting several activities including consolidating the network, improving capacities and skills of its members, and building public awareness through social media campaign. LLB will facilitate the formulation of the network’s ground principles and workplan through serial activities involving both its core members and other women’s rights and social activists. LLB will also carry out activities aiming to strengthening the capacity and skills to support the initiative of working with men and boys in GBV prevention; the activities include the formulation of a curriculum, trainings, seminars, and periodical discussion forums. Furthermore, in raising public awareness on the initiative of working with men and boys in ending GBV, LLB will conduct several activities using social media including Facebook, Twitter, blogs, photo contest, and other activities with youth.
8. Host Agency/Host Institute: P4P (requesting organization); LLB (hosting organization; duty station at Rifka Annissa office in Yogyakarta)
9. Organizational Context: The Partners for Prevention Team, representing the participating organisations and located in Bangkok, provides consolidated responses and support for gender-based violence prevention. The Team also provides technical and substantive support to key partners including LLB.
LLB was formally founded in 2009 after several intensive discussions among women’s rights activists on how to consolidate men and boy’s contributions to ending GBV and enhancing gender equality. LLB is a network which involves women’s organizations and is open for individuals activists who have common ideas on the importance of strengthening men’s and boys’ participation as a key strategy in GBV prevention and elimination. Currently, LLB includes a number of organizations such as Rifka Annisa (Yogyakarta), Jurnal Perempuan and Yayasan PULIH (Jakarta), Rumah Perempuan (Kupang), Cahaya Perempuan Women’s Crisis Center (Bengkulu) and Aceh Men’s Forum (Aceh).
10. Type of assignment place: Assignment with family