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Published: 3 July 2020 , [Missing text '/pagetypes/nescardpage/atFull' for 'English'] 14:31

MSB pilot deployment for UN Women: supporting in the coordination of the humanitarian response for better inclusion of the needs of women and girls – within a Covid-19 context

Meet Alinane Kamlongera MSB’s first deployee to UN Women South Sudan. Alinane is supporting UN Women in their job on coordinating the efforts of improving the position of women and girls within the humanitarian crisis. - The importance of building the capacity of local actors in gender and humanitarian work is of particular importance. If we do this work well, then the local actors will be the ones to demand for gender equity, social inclusion and women’s empowerment because they will continue to experience the importance of it, says Alinane on why she believes her contribution to South Sudan is especially important.

Alinane Kamlongera is MSB’s first deployment to UN Women within the parties new Stand-by Partner collaboration. She was deployed to South Sudan in January 2020 as a Gender and Humanitarian Specialist but due to the outbreak of covid-19 and its consequences on the security setting she had to be repatriated in March and has been working from her home in Malawi since then. This has not stopped her from contributing towards UN Women’s work on coordination of the humanitarian response.

The killings and increased violence between rival ethnic groups after the forming of a unity government in South Sudan is once again worsening the living conditions for the people of South Sudan. Since 2013, and long before the formation of the world’s newest state, the country has suffered enormously in the aftermath of continuous conflict, starvation and violence. Women and children makes up 85 % of internally displaced people and women and girls are especially vulnerable to food insecurity, child marriages and being subject of sexual violence and abuse as well as being at risk of sexual exploitation. Sexual Gender based violence (GBV), gender discrimination, ethnic marginalization, disputes over land and resources and unaddressed grievances have continued to drive violence at the local-level.  This has been the consequence of extreme socio-economic marginalization and patriarchal structures that have been aggravated by years of conflict. The use of GBV as a way of warfare is entrenched and often part of the intercommunal violence that is now increasing in the country.

Within the humanitarian community the knowledge of these circumstances is increasing and there are many contributions for gender mainstreaming, to address GBV and to address the specific needs in protection for women and girls. The vulnerability of women and girls permeate all areas of the humanitarian response and the over-lapping is inevitable. UN Women works towards improving the coordination of addressing these issues within the humanitarian sector, work that they have recently initiated in South Sudan.

During spring 2020 Alinane and her colleagues at UN Women conducted a Rapid Gender Analysis together with The South Sudan Ministry of Gender, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Community Empowerment for Progress (CEPO) and Rural Women for Development South Sudan (RWDSS). The analysis was developed in order to understand the specific needs of women, girls, men and boys affected by the spread of Covid-19. By understanding the vulnerabilities and needs of these groups humanitarian programming can take this into account and recommendations be implemented in the national response plan on the handling of Covid-19. Some of the pragmatic recommendations from the analysis were:

  • Having information of Covid-19 and prevention going out through megaphone messages since the illiteracy amongst women and girl is lower than amongst men and boys.
  • Informing market traders at local markets, many of them women, on how they can protect themselves and customers making it possible for them to keep their daily income.
  • Targeting support to households that are financially affected the most by Covid-19 by the loss of livelihoods in order to mitigate drastic decisions such as forcing girls into early marriages in exchange for bride prices.

Alinane is a very much appreciated support to UN Women South Sudan and MSB hope to be able to continue having her deployed as long as she still can contribute working from home. Hopefully the situation will improve in the country or at least the humanitarian community will find ways to mitigate for the consequences of Covid-19 in the coming months so that she can be redeployed. Because even if results can be seen working from home Alinane concludes the obvious: - The input from our presence in Juba and being in the field directly working with partners or beneficiaries is fundamental to supporting the humanitarian response and without it so much valuable knowledge is lost.

The report "Rapid Gender Analysis on COVID-19 in South Sudan", at the website reliefweb.int

MSB’s work with gender equality

MSB bases its work with gender equality on our instruction from the government but also on international policies like Resolution 1325. We strive to mitigate the reality of women and girls disproportional vulnerabilities in crises and conflicts. We integrate and include a gender equality perspective in all of our work, nationally as well as internationally. Internationally MSB integrates gender mainstreaming and mitigates the risk of GBV in our work within our humanitarian operations, capacity building and disaster risk reduction and peace building operations. This is made by, for example:

  • Women and men’s different needs, priorities and capacities are considered in all our activities – in the planning, implementation, follow-up and reporting.
  • Women and men enjoy equal opportunities to participate in and influence activities, including in our own roster and to be deployed to operations.
  • Enhance capacities, empowerment and resilience of women and men on equal terms.
  • Ensure the integrity and protection of women and men and reduce the risks of gender-based violence, including sexual exploitation and abuse.
  • Increase the involvement of men and boys in the work of achieving gender equality.
Published: 3 July 2020 , [Missing text '/pagetypes/nescardpage/atFull' for 'English'] 14:31

MSB’s work with gender equality

MSB bases its work with gender equality on our instruction from the government but also on international policies like Resolution 1325. We strive to mitigate the reality of women and girls disproportional vulnerabilities in crises and conflicts. We integrate and include a gender equality perspective in all of our work, nationally as well as internationally. Internationally MSB integrates gender mainstreaming and mitigates the risk of GBV in our work within our humanitarian operations, capacity building and disaster risk reduction and peace building operations. This is made by, for example:

  • Women and men’s different needs, priorities and capacities are considered in all our activities – in the planning, implementation, follow-up and reporting.
  • Women and men enjoy equal opportunities to participate in and influence activities, including in our own roster and to be deployed to operations.
  • Enhance capacities, empowerment and resilience of women and men on equal terms.
  • Ensure the integrity and protection of women and men and reduce the risks of gender-based violence, including sexual exploitation and abuse.
  • Increase the involvement of men and boys in the work of achieving gender equality.

Latest reviewed: 3 July 2020

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