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The Centre for Rights Education and Awareness & Rozaria Memorial Trust (CREAW & RMT) Seeks a Consultant to develop a position paper to inform Policy and Advocacy on the AU CEVAWG: Apply Now!!

Terms of Reference for a Consultant to Develop Position Paper to Inform Policy and Advocacy on the Africa Union Convention on Ending Violence against Women and Girls

About Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW)

CREAW is a national feminist women’s rights NGO based in Kenya. CREAW uses innovative, bold and holistic interventions focus on challenging practices that undermine equity, equality and constitutionalism, promoting women’s participation in decision-making and deepening the ideology and philosophy of women’s empowerment.

About Rozaria Memorial Trust

Rozaria Memorial Trust (RMT) is a non-profit making organisation based in Zimbabwe. We support girls and women living in rural communities through innovative initiatives that promote education, health and entrepreneurship. Our work focuses on promoting girls’ access to Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, Services and Information as well as promoting their leadership. Girls and young women living in rural communities have limited access to services, thus, increases their risk to situations that renders them vulnerable to teenage pregnancies and child marriages.

RMT offers educational assistance to children in primary, secondary and tertiary level in education to ensure that they are autonomous beings who are empowered and able to defend their rights. RMT hinges its work on research and advocacy focusing on social protection for orphans and vulnerable children, integrated services on gender-based violence, fostering girls and young women sexual reproductive health rights, leadership and economic empowerment.

Background.

CREAW in partnership with Rozaria Memorial Trust is implementing a programme to strengthen the role of local and grassroots women rights organization in legal and policy making processes specifically those related to violence against women and girls (VAWG) GBV at national, regional and global levels.

Undeniably African women and girls continue to be survivors of physical, sexual, psychological or economic violence, forced marriages or unequal access to social services. According to statistics, Africa has one of the highest rates of violence against women and girls  , with more than 31% of women reporting that they have suffered violence. The status of women and girls as compared to men and boys still remains unequal at all levels of society both public and private. This imbalance manifests itself as normalized negative social norms and cultural practices with brutal violations continuing to be perpetrated.  Women and girls living in rural communities experience the worst of these violations.

Most  African  Countries have progressive laws and policies that seek to address different harmful norms and practices that perpetuate violence against women and girls, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol), the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, Protocol on the Prevention and Suppression of Sexual Violence against Women and Children among other instruments. However, violence against girls and women remains a rampant human rights violation largely because of limited accountability mechanisms, enforcement of laws and policies and lack of systematic support mechanisms for survivors of VAW including those living with disability in the rural and marginalized communities.  

Additionally, the laws do not ‘have the same practical impact as the authority and decisions of informal systems of justice exercised by village (or clan, tribe, etc.) elders and/or family mediation mechanisms. This is largely attributable to the fact that these laws counter long standing traditions of discrimination against women and the processes of developing these laws continue to be inaccessible and exclusionary thereby resulting to lack of ownership and support from the Judiciary, police, healthcare practitioners and the public.

The decision (Assembly/ AU/Dec.865 (xxxvi) by the African Union to negotiate the AU Convention on Ending Violence against Women and Girls (AU CEVAWG) presents an opportunity to develop a convention that is: led, supported and influenced by Africans particularly African women and girls; is context & culturally relevant and standardises the definition and criminalisation of various forms of VAW including early/ child marriage, Female Genital Mutilation, forced marriage, forced abortion, forced sterilisation and other forms of VAW. 

Purpose of the Consultancy

CREAW & RMT wishes to hire the services of a qualified consultant to develop a position paper to inform policy and advocacy on the AU CEVAWG.

The Position paper should include the following:

  • Briefly highlight the status of implementation legal and policy frameworks on ending VAWG in Kenya, and Zimbabwe as well within the regional blocs and globally.
  • Discuss the importance of women and girls in national, regional and international human rights systems.
  • Highlight best practices, strategies and lessons in prevention, prosecution, protection and support services to survivors of violence against women.
  • Discuss the role of women and girls including women rights organizations in the development of laws and policies more generally but specifically on ending VAWG.
  • Provide recommendations including accountability mechanisms on how women and girls including local women rights organizations can engage with the Africa Union on the AU CEVAWG process.
  • Provide recommendations on how local women rights organisations can work with  regional bodies ( AU, SADC, EAC, COMESA and ECOWAS) to support member states to implement and monitor international and regional commitments relating to ending violence against women and girls

Detailed Tasks

  1. Conduct extensive review and consultations with relevant stakeholders involved in Violence against women ecosystem and specifically on the implementation, monitoring and reporting of protection mechanisms including State and Non-State Actors.
  2. Facilitate discussions with local women and girls on the impact of the laws in their lives and synthesise the discussions into concrete recommendations to influence the development of the AU CEVAWG
  3. Develop a position paper on the AU CEVAWG
  4. Map out opportunities for advocacy in the development process of the AU CEVAWG process

 Key Deliverables

The key deliverables for the assignment are as follows:

A 5-page brief that summarises a longer document/ report. The position paper should be structured, contain evidence-based findings, lessons and specific recommendations and identify the necessary actions to be undertaken women rights organisations in the development process of the AU CEVAWG. 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • A postgraduate degree preferably in, law, Human rights, international relations, political science, research, social studies or other social science studies with a focus on gender
  • Expert knowledge of human rights, legal frameworks, gender-based violence and law.

Experience and Competencies:

  • At least 7 years of relevant experience in gender and Gender Based Violence programming, conducting research and surveys;
  • Experience of developing policy brief/ position paper.
  • Knowledge and experience on international and regional human rights mechanisms.
  • Ability to research and write at a high level
  • Expert knowledge of government processes
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the current discourse and discussions on localization and decolonization of the development sector from a gender perspective.
  • Good knowledge and experience with the national, regional and international  development frameworks, especially Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Agenda 2063, etc.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity

Language:

  • Fluency in oral and written English is required
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Time-frame

The assignment is expected to take a maximum of 20 consultancy days which includes desk-review, preparation, and workshop presentation.

Administrative Arrangements and Roles

The Consultant will work closely with a team bringing together CREAW, RMT, representatives of women and women rights organizations to ensure that high standards are maintained/ observed during the process.

CREAW & RMT will provide the logistics and all the relevant support and/or as will be agreed with the consultant. The consultant will be responsible for guiding the entire process and all other specific responsibilities as stipulated in the TOR.

Application procedure:

Applicants are requested to upload copies of:

  • Latest CV highlighting the relevant experience.
  • A detailed technical proposal on undertaking the tasks and evidence of previous work.
  • The proposal should include a breakdown of proposed fees, with a proposal on how fees charged will be calculated, with indication of involvement/time allocated in providing the said services.

 Mode of Application

Applicants should submit technical and financial proposals electronically in PDF format with subject line clearly marked “GBV Legal Framework’ via email to [email protected] to not later than 5.00pm 20th June, 2024.

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