TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR FACILITATION OF AN ENOUGH CAMPAIGN STRATEGY MEETING ON VAW/G

Introduction

These terms of reference serve as guidelines for facilitation of a strategy development meeting on ending Violence Against Women and Girls under the Programme Grant II project funded by Irish Aid. The action aims to devise strategies for a country wide campaign to eliminate VAW/G based on the social norms research that was conducted by Oxfam and UWONET in 2018.

A Brief about Oxfam

Oxfam is a development and humanitarian organization that has worked in Uganda since the 1960’s. Oxfam currently focuses on three thematic areas: Governance and Accoiuntability; Resilient Livelihoods; and, Humanitarian Preparedness and Response. Women’s rights is central to the work we do and cuts across the three thematic areas as well as addressed as a stand alone issue particularly with respect to the elimination of VAW/G.

Oxfam’s vision is a just world without poverty. While Oxfam in Uganda visions a Uganda free of extreme inequality and injustice. Through this vision we place women’s rights at the centre of all that we do recognizing that women are often subject to the most inhumane forms of inequality and injustice; particularly as a result of violence.

Background to the Strategy Meeting

VAW/G is a grave violation of human rights. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple physical, sexual and mental consequences for women and girls, including death. It negatively affects women’s general well-being and prevents women from fully participating in society. Violence not only has negative consequences for women but also their families, the community and the country at large. It has tremendous costs, from greater health care and legal expenses to losses in productivity, impacting national budgets and overall development.

number of positive strides have been registered; at global level, Uganda has ratified CEDAW, ICPD, DEVAW, the CRC, and the Beijing Platform for Action, the Millennium Declaration among others. At regional level and national level, Uganda’s overall legislative framework whose basis is the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda recognizes the equality of all human beings and prohibits discrimination. Uganda also enacted both the domestic violence Act and the Prohibition of FGM/C ct in 2010. The availability of these laws and policies portrays government’s commitment towards elimination of violence and upholding of human rights particularly women’s rights.

Despite the above progress, GBV and VAW/G remains a public health concern and perpetrates socio economic discrimination and exposure to violence. Gender-based violence against women remains a widespread phenomenon in Uganda and it affects all people irrespective of their social, economic and political status. It occurs in families, communities, workplaces and institutions. According to the Uganda Demographic Health Survey of 2011, 56% of women in Uganda have experienced physical violence at some point since the age of 15 years. 28% of women aged 15-49 have experienced sexual violence and 16 % have experienced violence during pregnancy. Gender Based Violence (GBV) is a problem in Uganda. It encompasses a wide range of human rights violations including sexual abuse of children, rape, child abuse, discrimination against girls, child labor, political violence/ discrimination, intimate partner abuse, defilement, domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment among others.

It is therefore important that effective strategies for the elimination of VAW/G are put in place. Oxfam identifies with this approach through the goal that Women’s Rights in Uganda will have been claimed and advanced in the areas of Governance, Economic Justice, Resilience and Humanitarian Action. Among the key outcomes is strengthened institutional approaches to women’s rights through the defined ways of working. These include: Institutional actions; Policy, research and advocacy; Documentation; Capacity-building; and, Partnerships. In addition to this approach to addressing VAW/G, Oxfam in Uganda also subscribes to the Oxfam Enough Campaign to end VAW/G.

The Enough Campaign

Oxfam in Uganda has subscribed to the Enough Campaign – a campaign aimed at eliminating Violence Against Women globally and in some countries in which Oxfam has a presence. Some of the approaches taken to the Enough Campaign globally include the #Believehercampaign. This demonstrated that with a very small but powerful action you can make a change to end violence against women: believing women who denounce any type of violence is a subversive act of solidarity and protection, that allows to build a world where most of violence against women does not have to remain silent. The simple act of believing the story of this woman was definitive on whether she is now a survivor or a victim.

Two key elements of the campaign at country level include:

Conducting research on social norms linked to VAW/G

In 2018, Oxfam partnered with UWONET to conduct research on social norms linked to VAW. The study identified and elaborated on social norms linked to 4 forms of violence: physical violence (battering); sexual violence (this includes ritualized rape); Economic violence (denial of property rights); and, bride-price related violence. The study further suggested that social norms inform policy and practice because individuals are influenced by the norms to which they subscribe. It is therefore important to put in place campaigns targeted at changing the existing social norms which condone VAW/G.

Development of a campaign strategy based on the social norms research

One of the key deliverables of the campaign is a strategy to address social norms linked to VAW. This constitutes the second key element of the Enough Campaign. Oxfam in Uganda and UWONET have just concluded the social norms research and intends to develop a country strategy for the elimination of VAW linked to social norms. A meeting for this purpose will be convened with participants drawn from: Oxfam; the partner organization – UWONET; selected Women’s Rights Organisations and activists; and, The Co-ordinator of the Enough Campaign. The outcome of this process will be an Enough campaign country strategy to be implemented from the current financial year.

Objectives and Outcome of the Strategy Meeting

Objectives:

The key objective of this task is: to develop a campaign strategy for the Enough campaign to end VAW/G in Uganda

Specific Objectives include:

  • Identify key stakeholders and strategies for the campaign
  • Develop a road map for the campaign
  • Identify availability of resources for the campaign

Expected Outcome: Institutional efforts to address Violence Against Women (VAW) with particular emphasis on the Social Norms and VAW research and campaign effectively co-ordinated

Description of the Assignment

The purpose of the assignment is to facilitate the strategy development meeting.

Expected deliverables

The required outputs of this consultancy will be as follows:

  • Submission of the interpretation of the ToR to Oxfam
  • Conduct the assignment
  • Finalise the draft report from the rapporteurs by 15th May 2019

Duration of the assignment

  • This assignment is expected to be carried out over a period of 5 days. The applicant(s) must be available and willing to work within the stated timeframe for the assignment.
  • The assignment is expected to be carried out from 22nd – 26th April 2019.

Competencies of the Consultants

The Consultant should have the following competencies:

  • University degree in relevant field of economics, development studies and social sciences and Masters in any field will be an added advantage
  • Over 10 years’ experience in working in gender, women’s rights and VAW/G
  • Excellent facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to complete complex assignments in a timely manner and deliver quality results

Application Process

Interested and qualified consultants/firms should submit their application which should include the following:

  • A technical proposal including a proposed workplan and details of similar tasks completed successfully
  • A financial proposal
  • Curriculum vitae

Submissions should be made via email to Ugandalogistics@oxfam.org.

The closing date for receiving both the technical and financial proposals is Thursday 11th April 2019 at 5:00pm.

Only short listed consultants/firms will be contacted.