Call for Proposal for Diversion Research - Detention Project

Call for Proposal

Diversion Research

Introduction

UN Women is the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, dedicated to advancing gender equality and women’s human rights globally. Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and focus on mobilizing efforts towards the effective implementation of UN resolution 1325 (2000), 2122 (2013) and related resolutions which commit the international community to ensure women’s participation and leadership in all aspects of conflict resolution and peace building-related activities.

UN Women established its presence in Yemen in 2014 working in close collaboration with the UN system providing coordination and programme support to strengthen the UN response to addressing national priorities for gender equality and women’s empowerment, in line with UN Women’s strategic vision. UN Women in Yemen has entered into a partnership with UN entities in the country to support women’s and Youth engagement in Yemen’s current transition focusing on supporting Youth and women’s effective engagement in Yemen’s peace processes and in political participation. UN Women also focuses on supporting women’s effective engagement in the overall humanitarian response with partners and beneficiaries.

As part of the UN Women youth support activities under organizational standards and polices with support from the Peace building fund, UN Women Yemen, in partnership with UNDP and UNICEF, is undertaking the project “Responding to Humanitarian Needs and Supporting Resilience in Places of Detention” which is focusing on women’s resilience in detentions and prisons and related facilities by improving, developing and supporting basic conditions, physical and psychosocial conditions, rehabilitation of facilities, education and vocational training and reintegration.

This project aims at creating a pilot, to respond to protection needs inside prisons and other places of detentions with a strong emphasis on building knowledge and practices in accordance with human rights principles and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).  At the same time, the project aims to initiate support in corrections as a pilot phase in order to inform the subsequent programming in the coming years.

The overall goal/impact of this project is that women and juvenile detainees to benefit from case management to facilitate reintegration support and accessing legal and social services. The overall outcome of the project is that appropriate cases are diverted towards alternatives to incarceration, and the resilience of detainees is strengthened by improving basic conditions in places of detention, and strengthening reintegration efforts, with particular attention to the special needs of women.

Description of Required Services

As the project focuses on immediate needs, it equally seeks to support longer-term policy initiatives which would help to systemically address prison overcrowding and poor conditions. Given the current conflict situation, there may be limited opportunities to progress these policy reforms at present. However, potential future linkages could include diversion and restorative justice, alternative sentencing, child and women friendly modalities of service delivery, improved intake and classification of detainees, etc.

In line with the project results framework, UN Women Yemen Programme welcomes proposals for interested Implementing Partner (local NGOs or consultancy companies) to conduct and implement activities under the project outcome targeting the output of assessing and supporting appropriate options and alternatives to incarceration are available to women and children in eight governorates of Sana’a, Aden, Taiz, Ibb, Dhamar, Hodeidah, Marib, and Mukalla by conducting a research on customary justice and diversion.

UN Women requires through this service a provision of quality information, analysis, and recommendations on informal justice systems and actors operating on justice for women at local level to strengthening measures, reintegration mechanisms, which will enhance social cohesion and contribute to long-term peacebuilding results and security and justice sector's reform. In addition, the research results will help the project team and its partners in identifying diversion measures and mechanisms that enable women who are coming into contact with the law to have access to alternatives and custodial sentences, provide women with incarceration alternative, support pre-trial detainees, and provide women in detention with legal aid.

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