Office of the Gender Adviser

Who we are

Gender Section across UN peacekeeping and political missions was established to support the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) on women, peace and security, namely 1325 (2000), 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009), 1889 (2009), 1960 (2010), 2106 (2013), and 2122 (2013) within the scope of mission mandates and in alignment with DPKO Gender Equality Policy (2010) and Gender Forward-Looking Strategy 2014-8. 

In total, eighteen officers work in UNMISS Gender Section, eight at Mission Headquarters and ten in ten field offices.

Gender Section is currently led by Chief, Gender Section/Senior Gender Advisor and reports directly to senior mission leadership.

Why we are here

The United Nations recognizes the need for gender mainstreaming across all the areas of the mission mandate with a view of full, equal and effective participation of women. It emphasizes the vital roles of women in preventing and resolving conflict and peace-building (Operative Paragraph 7, 14 and 32 UNSCR 2327).

The importance of appropriate gender expertise and training in all mission mandated by the Security Council is also emphasized (Operative Paragraph 24 UNSCR2327).

 What we do

Our major responsibilities are:

  • Capacity development in order to ensure peacekeeping activities is gender sensitive and responsive to different needs of women and men
  • Accountability in order to ensure resources are allocated to address women, peace and security agendas
  • Partnership in order to ensure effectiveness of support provided to national partners in advocacy

What we have done

Global Open Days: Gender Section facilitated dialogue processes between SRSG and women leaders in civil society organizations to discuss women’s experiences in conflict and peace and their concerns in the light of four action points of UNSCR1325 women peace and security and their plan of action. In 2016, twenty women delegates presented SRSG the report that they named Peace and Justice for Women in South Sudan. 

Bottom-up, inclusive, participatory and interactive approach and methods were applied to dialogue processes in the form of Women Peace Forums. Partnership with UN agencies, funds and programmes, in particular, UN Women, has been a central feature and will be scaled up with a view to enhance engaging women for peace and security.

Technical and Operational Support: Gender Section applies systematic approaches and methods in its provision of technical and operational support to the mission components in gender mainstreaming with a view of gender equality and gender parity in accordance with DPKO Gender Equality Policy and DPKO/DFS Forward-Looking Strategy and the mission planning cycle.

Capacity Development: Gender Section provided Force with training inputs in order to strengthen capacities of Force Gender Focal Point, Advisors and Enablers on gender and Sexual- and Gender-Based Violence, including Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV), in order to increase their knowledge, skills and readiness. Gender Section is part of weekly induction training coordinated by Force and Integrated Mission Training Centre (IMTC) to design and deliver gender and SGBV, including CRSV, modules.

Upon request, Gender Section has offered training inputs to key institutions in the implementation of the Peace Agreement. In 2016, it trained 47 staff of the Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) and gender focal point of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (with UNFPA). 

Gender Section is also a secretariat of Gender Task Force of UNMISS, an institutional mechanism that catalyzes and facilitates gender mainstreaming across the mission mandate. It meets quarterly, combining updates, skills transfer and planning and delivering joint advocacy initiatives.

          

Research and Analysis: Integrating gender perspectives into conflict analysis, mission planning, implementation and reporting is one of the core functions of Gender Section. Data and information pertaining to the four pillars of UNSCR1325, namely increased participation of women into public decision-making and peace processes, preventing sexual-and gender-based violence, protecting women and girls from sexual- and gender-based violence and maintaining humanitarian characters of refugee camps, including those of internally-displaced, and taking into different needs of women, men, girls and boys in humanitarian settings. 

Where we work

Gender Section works both at MHQ and ten Field Offices under direction of senior mission leadership.

Who we work with

Our Partners: Gender Section works with all parties within the mission from senior mission leadership, senior managers and workforce across the three mission components, namely Force, UNPOL and Civilian Sections. In the external environment, Gender Section is a member of established coordination mechanisms both within the United Nations System and beyond, namely Protection Cluster, GBV Sub-Cluster, Gender Technical Working Group, Monitoring Analysis Reporting  Arrangements (MARA): and Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM).