Gender Rights and Protection Department
The Gender Rights and Protection Department are responsible for promoting the rights of women in the nation. The Department is also responsible for ensuring compliance with national, regional and international instruments on women’s rights such as CEDAW, CRC and the African Charter on the people and the rights of Women. In addition, the Department is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Anti-Gender Based Violence (Anti-GBV) programmes.
The department is mainly responsible for the following objectives in the Strategic Plan 2013 – 2016:
Objective 5: To effectively coordinate the implementation of Anti-Gender Based Violence programmes in order to contribute to the reduction of incidences of GBV.
The Department is responsible for performing the following specific functions:
- Facilitate the development and implementation of affirmative action policies for the enhancement of the status of women and girls;
- Coordinate the implementation of the National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence;
- Provide secretarial services to the Anti-GBV National Committee;
- Develop and disseminate standards for the establishment and management of shelters for survivors of GBV;
- Establish shelters for survivors of GBV;
- Manage the Anti- GBV Fund;
- Promote social/cultural research that underpins gender inequality to enhance appreciation of gender and development;
- Develop and Review appropriate legislation to promote women’s rights;
- Monitor the compliance to regional and international instruments on women’s rights into national laws and policies;
- Promote the realization and protection of the rights of women; and
- Strengthen institutional capacities for dealing with women’s rights.