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West and South Darfur
2006 - June 2008
Agency for International Development
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Four years after
the fighting broke out, the situation
in Darfur continues to be characterized
by a lack of human security. More
than 200,000 people are estimated
to have died and at least 2 million
displaced from their homes –
almost one third of the population
of Darfur before the conflict.
Despite the security situation, humanitarian
agencies have been able to deliver
humanitarian assistance. However,
because of the continuing uncertainty
regarding security conditions in areas
of return, the overwhelming majority
of internally displaced persons (IDPs)
do not plan to go back to their villages
in the near future. Consequently,
the level of tension in the camps,
as well as amongst other at risk of
conflict populations and host communities,
has been increasing since the beginning
of the crisis.
In war-torn Darfur, like in many crisis
situations, women and young children
are vulnerable to various forms of
violence, including rape and sexual
assault. While the humanitarian community
has been responding to the psycho-social
needs of victims of Sexual and Gender
Based Violence (SGBV) in Darfur, there
is still a capacity gap in the legal
response for cases that need to be
addressed, to create effective and
comprehensive protection for prevention
In an attempt to address this type
of violence, and with the support
of the US Agency for International
Development (USAID), UNDP began the
Addressing Gender Based Violence in
Darfur project in the three states
of Darfur: North, South and West Darfur,
in March 2006.
The project’s main objective
is to enhance the prevention, protection
and response activities on SGBV by
strengthening the legal response capacities.
Through this project, UNDP is also
committed to the implementation of
UN Security Council Resolution 1325
on Women, Peace and Security, with
special attention being given to the
protection of women and girls from
sexual and gender based violence in
The project’s specific objectives
• To improve the institutional
response of the judicial and prosecutorial
services and the traditional justice
systems through capacity building
• To ensure that the gender
based violence victims are supported
and properly represented in their
attempts to seek legal redress.
• To build a client-centred
response for GBV survivors that provides
support and guidance on the legal
and social services available in Darfur.
• To strengthen the Darfur Legal
Aid Network’s capacity to provide
representation to GBV survivors.
• To strengthen the capacity
of traditional institutions to apply
customary law in GBV cases without
reinforcing harmful practices and
Snapshots of the project's major achievements
• The project established a
Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV)
Working Group that serves as a forum
for coordination and collaboration.
• Conducted SGBV awareness raising
sessions for over 700 beneficiaries,
including paralegals, judges, lawyers
and the judiciary.
• In collaboration with several
UN agencies, provided technical support
to the SGBV committees in compiling
a national plan on SGBV.
• Established women’s
committees/centres that are being
trained in dealing with SGBV.
• Established a partnership
with the Chief Justice, the Chief
Prosecutor, the Chief Attorney-General
in El Fasher, in raising awareness
on SGBV and on addressing it.
• Referred several SGBV cases
to the UNDP-supported Legal Aid Network.
• Conducted a series of Sufi
Workshops on Violence Against Women
in El Geneina and El Fasher and El-Geneina.
• Conducted training on women's
rights under the Sudanese law and
psychosocial needs of SGBV victims
for 25 paralegals and lawyers
• Conducted awareness raising
trainings on SGBV among the local
communities by organizing discussion
forums for approximately 20 Omdas