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International Consultant - Paper on Gender Based Violence and Legislation in South Africa
|Location :||Home based|
|Application Deadline :||06-Oct-13|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Forty Five working days spread over five months.|
Since the publication of the first Human Development Report in 1990, UNDP, under the intellectual stewardship of Mr. Mahbul-ul-Haq and Mr. Amartya Sen, has pioneered the Human Development paradigm that provided an alternative people centric view of development. The paradigm has gained wide acceptance globally as is evident by the adoption of human development reporting to inform policy at various levels of government across the world.
UNDP and the Government of India have a long history of association on human development and have jointly spearheaded the world’s largest initiative of preparation of sub-national Human Development Reports (HDRs). UNDP together with the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, has initiated the International Centre of Human Development (IC4HD) in New Delhi in a project mode. The mandate of the IC4HD is to ensure that human development concerns become integral to planning processes and policy making and to support national governments and civil society organizations to actualize human development for people.
Towards achieving its objective, the Centre undertakes the following activities in the areas of:
The Centre is organizing a consultation for countries of the global South to share their experiences, good practices, lessons learned and critical issues related to the legislation on violence against women, which should aim at preventing violence against women, ensuring investigation, prosecution and punishment of perpetrators, and providing protection and support to complainants/survivors of violence.
Duties and Responsibilities
Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights worldwide. It takes place in every country, in peacetime as well as in situations of conflict and crisis, and affects women and girls’ lives and ability to make the choices that they value. Ending violence against women is a priority for action, at the global/regional/national and sub-national levels. A collective and holistic response is needed to build in correctives, promote behavioral changes, and translate international standards and national policies into actions that effectively reach women. To stop violence against women, prevention and protection should go hand in hand.
While we take into cognizance the wide variety of factors that influence the perpetuation of violence against women the focus of this assignment is to look at law as a mechanism of response to counter the same. We seek to envision how Law is an instrument of ‘formal social control’ can succeed in countering violence against women where informal social and cultural norms fail. In recent years progress has been recorded in elaborating and agreeing on international standards and norms aiming to stop violence against women. International and regional legal and policy instruments have clarified the obligations on States to prevent, eradicate and punish violence against women. Yet, challenges remain.
There are countries that continue to remain without domestic violence laws. For example, 12 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa remain without domestic violence laws. And even in countries where laws and policies have been introduced to combat violence against women, as noted in the 2011-2012 Progress of the World’s Women report, “the infrastructure of justice – the police, the courts and the judiciary – is failing women, which manifests itself in poor services and hostile attitudes from the very people whose duty it is to fulfill women’s human rights”. Thus, an integrated approach is required to ensure that policies, reforms and laws are in place and implemented, but also that all members of the societies are aware of their rights, are empowered to demand them and recognise that violence against women is a crime. The justice system needs to recognize violence, prosecute offenders, and address impunity.
The paper will provide an overview of gender based violence in South Africa and of the legislation which aims to address and prevent sexual violence against women in the country. The paper will also:
The paper will build on evidence-based knowledge and identify policy implications and recommendations for various actors to ensure that laws work for women and contribute to prevent violence against women.
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