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Gender Advisory Unit

Gender Advisory Unit is mandated to work on the issues related to women, peace and security guided by United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325, 1820, 1881, 1888, 1889, and UNAMID mandate UNSCR 1769 and 1935.

Within the mission, the unit spearheads gender mainstreaming in all aspects of the mission’s mandate implementation including policies, planning, procedures and reporting. This is done through capacity-building of UNAMID staff, policy advice and technical assistance to senior management, technical assistance to sections and components to ensure that they promote gender equality through gender-responsive workplans and activities, advocate actions and policies within the mission on key gender issues, monitor and report on gender-related issues (within and outside the mission), and report on the mission’s achievement of its gender mainstreaming efforts and improvement in gender balance in mission staffing.

GAU also reaches out to state governments, the Darfur Regional Authority, civil society, internally displaced peoples, local leaders, women, localities and communities to mobilize support and advocate for the resolution of gender issues affecting Darfur.  The primary focus is on increasing women’s participation in peace processes and governance, and protection of women and girls from sexual and gender-based violence, women’s equitable access to services and resources and women’s socio-economic empowerment.  The unit also ensures equitable and effective representation of women in the ongoing peace negotiations e.g. Civil Society Track, Doha rounds, to ensure that negotiations and outcomes integrate women concerns and gender issues.

The early recovery response of the gender advisory unit focuses on economic, social and political empowerment of women in Darfur. This is done by increasing awareness about the women’s potential, capacities and rights, and developing an enabling environment for women’s active and equitable participation in the entire decision making and recovery related processes. The unit in partnership with other UNAMID sections and UN agencies mobilizes the resources necessary for early recovery interventions.


Promote  gender equality  by  mainstreaming in all the UNAMID operations, protect women and girls from violence and  support and actively  engage  the economic, social and political empowerment of women in Darfur.


To help creating a society where women are protected against all forms of violence including gender based violence; the gender disparities in all spheres of life are reduced and women have equitable access to, and control over resources and services and their basic human rights are protected. Women are politically empowered and play an equal role in economic and social development of the society and their contributions are taken into account and reflected in the national policies and they enjoy access to support services necessary to enlarge their choices in life.


     1. Ensure gender mainstreaming in mission operations.
     2. Protect and promote women’s rights.
     3. Promote enabling environment in Darfur for the promotion of gender justice and women rights.
     4. Respond to and mitigate gender-based violence.
     5. Enhance women’s participation in the peace process.
     6. Ensure women’s involvement in key transitional institutions and processes as part of the DPA
     7. Enhance women’s participation in political decision-making
     8. Promote women’s participation in livelihood and economic development  initiatives



   • Capacity development
   • Research
   • Advocacy
   • Social and economic transformation  and Change Communication
   • Partnership building


Scope of work


Gender Mainstreaming

• Provide technical advice in planning and decision making processes at senior level to ensure that gender issues within the mission are adequately addressed.
•  Ensure integration of gender perspectives in operations of all mission components.
• Conduct regular training and provide assistance to UNAMID civilian, military and police components to ensure the integration of gender in the respective operations.
• Build the capacities and provide assistance to the government institutions and Darfur Regional Authority in integrating gender perspectives into their policies and programs.


• Conduct studies to assess gender dimensions of the conflict aimed at promoting evidence based advocacy.
• Advocate with Government officials, community gatekeepers and policy-makers to develop and strengthen mechanisms for prevention and response to gender based violence.
• Develop partnerships with the state institutions and strengthen their capacities to respond to the special protection needs of women.
• Enhance UN, government and civil society readiness for the prevention and response to SGBV through active participation in various forums and working groups


Early Recovery and Empowerment of Women

• Lobby and advocate with the relevant authorities for the acceleration of the implementation of women related provisions in the DPA and subsequent agreements.
• Ensure women’s participation and representation in peace building and decision making processes.
• Build the Capacity of women’s groups and other civil society organizations to integrate gender into their programs and operations.
• Raise awareness and sensitization among various stakeholders to improve women’s access to services and resources, especially access to justice, protection and health.
• Develop the capacities and support communities for the promotion and protection of human rights in Darfur.
• Conduct comprehensive gender sensitive needs assessment on early recovery social and economic needs in Darfur focusing on the impacted communities including IDPs, refugees and returnees.
• Mobilize resources to support early economic recovery projects and programs.


   • UNAMID substantive sections
   • UN Country Team
   • Civil Society
   • Government Ministries, Departments and Committees
   • Darfur Regional Authority



Relevant documents, materials and reports

1.     UNSCR 1325 (English | Arabic)

2.     UNSCR 1820 (English | Arabic)

3.     UNSCR 1888 (English | Arabic)

4.     UNSCR 1889 (English | Arabic)

5.     UNSCR 1769 (English | Arabic)

6.     UNSCR 1935 (English | Arabic)

7.     IMTC presentation on gender

8.     Gender Glossary