The Office of Gender Advisor (OGA) is mandated to implement Security Council Resolutions 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security and 1820 (2008) on Sexual Violence, and to promote and support gender sensitive approaches to implement the Mission’s mandate guided by the DPKO Policy directive on Gender Equality in UN peace keeping Operations.
In the Mission, the OGA provides strategic advice in planning and policy making processes in coordination meetings and taskforces as well as through section gender focal points to adequately address the implementation of gender issues and to ensure that gender issues are adequately addressed in implementing the Mission’s mandate.
The key strategies in building partnership and collaboration include advocacy and awareness raising; training and capacity building; monitoring and advising; evaluation and reporting; and technical advice and support.
The OGA conducts training and capacity building of the Mission personnel and ensures that the Mission components have the requisite skills and knowledge to understand and address gender issues and, where appropriate, support the capacity among national partners who work with the Mission on the relevant aspects of mandate implementation.
The OGA establishes working relationships with Mission components and with UN Agencies, the Government line ministries and the Legislature, and Non-Governmental Organizations. The national partners include the Government Ministry of Gender and Development and line ministries; Women NGO Secretariat and Women NGOs working on gender advocacy, implementation of UNSCRs 1325 & 1820, key international NGOs working on Gender and Governance.
Major Achievements in Gender mainstreaming and Women Empowerment
Outside the Mission
- Liberia National Gender Policy to strengthen government gender accountability systems and mechanisms was completed in 2009 and officially launched by President Johnson-Sirleaf at the Annual National Rural Women Conference in December 2009
- Liberia National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 was completed and launched at the International Women’s Colloquium in March 2009. OGA chair of UN coordination support for a successful International Colloquium held in March 2009. A National committee set up to implement LNAP is functioning
- Analysis of eight key laws from a gender perspective was completed in 2009 and a report produced
- CEDAW Implementation Committee in force following the 2008 submission of Liberia first and sixth CEDAW report
- Comprehensive review of strategies and initiatives used in Liberia to implement UNSCR 1820 and a fact sheet produced
- The former “Fairness Bill” for 30% quota for women in political party listing to the NEC has been turned into the Gender Equity in Politics Act of 2010
- Developed Liberian National Police gender policy which includes a mechanism to increase women in the force up to at lease 20%
- Strengthening Government institutional Mechanisms to support gender mainstreaming and women empowerment (Ministry of Gender and Development, gender focal points and gender county coordinators)
- Continuous Institutional building of women NGO Secretariat(WONGOSOL) and the Women Legislative Caucus to integrate gender in national and sectoral policies and laws
- Training capacity building of MGV: Gender sensitive monitoring; Gender planning and policy making and: CEDAW monitoring and reporting
Inside the Mission
- Gender focus group discussion (4) with the military held in November 2009 and an analysis of findings is being produced
- Pilot gender-military action plan in force to identify and train 40 GFP for peer education and outreach on gender and peacekeeping
- UNMIL Best Practices Report on Gender Mainstreaming and implementation of UNSCR 1325 produced( during DDR, Electoral, Recovery and Reconstruction processes) highlighting key strategies used by the Mission from 2003 to 2009)
- Continuous coaching of UNMIL Gender Task Force to strengthen gender mainstreaming in the work of substantive sections
- Intensive gender training (basic and intermediate) completed for personnel working in the substantive sections on gender mainstreaming and analysis in the implementation of the mandate.
- Compulsory Induction Training on integrating gender perspectives in the Mission work for all personnel(military, police, civilians)
- Integration of gender and women empowerment initiatives in the work of the sections
- Continuous collaboration with UNPOL and Corrections Unit in integrating gender in the security sector reform
- Annual reporting on the implementation of the DPKO policy directive and the Resolutions 1325and 1820
- Engagement in Mission taskforces and meetings
Key Priorities within and outside the Mission contribute to the following results:
- Increased capacity of national security sector institutions to deliver sustainable gender related results.
- Justice sector institutions strengthened at policy, program and training levels and integrate gender perspectives
- Increased effective involvement of women and their organizations in governance, peace building and electoral processes
- Strengthened awareness and capacity of UNMIL staff to plan, deliver, monitor and report on gender related progress
- Effective collaboration and synergy with UN agencies to deliver gender results through UNDAF and PRS
This will be achieved through:
- Facilitating gender awareness and training for UNMIL staff and national partners
- Provision of technical advice, analysis and advocacy to UNMIL, UNCT, and national partners
- Monitoring and reporting on the level of gender integration and results in key UNMIL work components
- Producing quarterly progress Mission reports on gender