UN Women Background:
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) remains a widespread violation of human rights in the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, where between 6 % of women in Singapore to 34 % in Viet Nam and 44 % in Thailand have experienced physical and/ or sexual violence in their lives, according to available data. Violence against women and girls occurs at home, in workplaces, in public spaces and online, and can culminate in femicide, the murder of women and girls. The World Health Organisation defines femicide as the intentional murder of women because they are women. Globally, more than 1 in 2 women (58 per cent) killed were killed by their partners or family. Violence against women is rooted in gender inequality, discrimination and harmful cultural and social norms.
Violence directed against women has devastating physical, emotional, financial and social effects on women, children, families and communities. It negatively affects women’s sense of self-worth, their general well-being and overall quality of life. Violence has serious negative consequences ranging from immediate to long-term physical, psychological and mental health effects and sexual and reproductive problems. Being subjected to violence is associated with injury, disability, death, induced abortion, low birth weight and prematurity in babies, poor sexual health, suicide, depression, anxiety, and harmful alcohol use. Violence affects their participation in education, employment, civic life and politics, and impedes their access and control over resources – increasing poverty and inequality.
The associated tremendous social and economic costs to survivors, communities, businesses and countries have been widely documented and reported. In Viet Nam, the persistence of domestic violence has resulted in an estimated loss of earnings equivalent to 3 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product, according to a 2012 costing study. In Viet Nam, direct costs of domestic violence represent 21 per cent of women’s monthly income and domestic violence survivors earn 35 per cent less than women not abused. In Cambodia, 20 per cent of the women who experienced domestic violence reported that they missed work and their children missed school.
Violence against women has worsened in the context of COVID-19. Data show that, since the outbreak of COVID-19, reports of violence against women, and particularly domestic violence, have increased in several countries as security, health, and money worries create tensions and strains accentuated by the cramped and confined living conditions of lockdown.
Required Skills and Experience:
1. Master’s degree in the field of international development, law, gender studies, social sciences or other related areas.
2. A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in research and/or policy on gender or international relationships.
3. Experience of researching or working on gender and violence against women.
4. Knowledge of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
5. Understanding of the social, cultural, and political context of ASEAN.
6. Fluency in English.
Experience working with ASEAN institutions is an asset.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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Location : Home-based.
Additional Category : Management.
Type of Contract : Individual Contract.
Post Level : International Consultant.
Languages Required : English.
Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 15-Aug-2020.
Duration of Initial Contract : 3.5 months.
Application Deadline : 28-Jul-20 (Midnight New York, USA).
For more information please visit https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=92664