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A National Consultant to Develop Guidelines on Safety of Women Human Rights Defenders’ Network -Uganda (WHRDN-U)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||09-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||20 Working Days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||20 Working Days|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
UN Women is part of the UN Agencies that are implementing the European Union-United Nations global, multi-year Spotlight initiative that focuses on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls, harmful practices and promotion of sexual and reproductive health rights. The initiative is being implemented in partnership with the Government of Uganda, Non-Gouvernemental Organizations, and Civil Society Organizations in 7 districts of Uganda including Tororo, Kasese, Kitgum Amudat, Arua, Kyenjojo and Kampala.
One of Pillar 6 strategic partners is the Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) Network Uganda. It is a network of women that are active in human rights defense and Play a critical role in promoting accountability and respect for international human rights standards.
They promote, protect and advance human rights related to gender equality. For example in Uganda, they have come out to challenge patriarchal norms and laws such as the Public Order Management Act, (POMA) 2013 which creates restrictive environment that tend to restrict freedoms of WHRDs to do their human rights work. WHRDs are also exposed to different forms of violence and attacks because of who they are and the work they do in the field of human rights. They are often targeted with particular forms of violence and hostility from the public, state actors, the media, faith-based groups, the community, family and other non-State actors. They experience gender-based verbal abuse based on their sex, the use of gender and sexual stereotypes to harm WHRDS’s reputation, their image and also delegitimize their work. Even the use of digital technology and techniques has exposed them to new technology related forms of violence and restrictions such laws to govern online spaces such as the Computer Misuse Act. WHRDs are confronted with surveillance and censorship.
The Initiative recognizes that there has been a backlash against champions of women’s rights who stand up and speak out on the issues affecting women and girls. Therefore programme seeks to protect the rights of these women and ensure they are able to speak out without jeopardising their own safety. The particular challenges and violations that WHRDs face call for public support and recognition, gender-specific responses and protection measures to create a safe and enabling environment, online and offline, as well as the building of solidarity between and within diverse, inclusive and strong human rights and gender equality movements.
It is against this background that UN Women and WHRDNs is seeking a consultant to develop elaborative guidelines for strengthening the capacity of WHRDs and mitigate the impact of online and offline attacks to their safety and protection.
Duties and Responsibilities
Required Skills and Experience
Minimum of Master’s degree in related fields including Mass communication, Gender and Women Studies, Computer Science, Information Technology, Development Studies, Social Sciences, computer sciences or other related discipline
Other essential qualities:
Interested individuals should submit their online applications not later than 9th April 2021.