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  • Annick T.R. Wibben
    Dear All - There are some interesting announcements below and I am forwarding (only this time) because some of you might want to subscribe to this
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 2, 2010
      Dear All -
      There are some interesting announcements below and I am forwarding (only this time) because some of you might want to subscribe to this yourselves...

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      Date: Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 7:17 AM
      Subject: GSSR Newsletter May 2010
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      e Newsletter
      May 2010
      Gender and Security Sector Reform Newsletter


      Journal of Security Sector Management: Call for Papers
      The Journal of Security Sector Management provides, through a multi-disciplinary approach, inno­vative theoretical and policy-relevant analysis on a wide range of themes on conflict, security and institutional change and their impact on developed, developing and transitional countries. The Journal is peer reviewed and is currently inviting contributions from graduate students, academics, and practitioners with experience in managing and implementing security sector reform. Please submit your papers to

      Centre for Security Sector Management: Strategic Planning for Security and Development
      June 7-10, 2010 (United Kingdom) The course addresses a broad range of complex issues for policymakers and practitioners working in the area of governance, development, national security, stabilization, security sector issues, and conflict analysis. The curriculum provides students with a number of tools, analytical frameworks and methodologies for addressing policy development, strategic analysis, options generation, implementation and programming in these areas. The course also explores ways in which strategic planning frameworks become linked to parallel programmes such as change management, programme and project design, transitional and sequencing issues and monitoring and evaluation techniques.

      International Peace Support Training Centre: Security Sector Reform Course
      October 4-15, 2010 (Nairobi) To enable participants to enhance their understanding of Security Sector Reform objectives, frameworks, and processes in order to increase their understanding of how their specific efforts in a peace operation contributes to this larger effort.

      International Human Rights Network: Justice Sector Reform: Applying Human Rights Based Approaches
      October 25-29, 2010 (Ireland) The aim of the training programme is to enhance the skills of participants in applying Human Rights Based Approaches to Justice Sector Reform. It will facilitate the development of knowledge and skills regarding: The legal principles, policies and practice underpinning human rights based approaches to justice sector reform; the inter-linkages between justice sector actors; the relationship between the justice sector and related terms such as 'security sector', 'rule of law', 'good governance'; human Rights Based needs assessment, programme design, implementation, as well as monitoring & evaluation; programming tools and checklists; case studies from national contexts as well as international field missions; teamwork, advocacy and strategic partnerships

      Folke Bernadotte Academy: Course on Security Sector Reform
      November 8-12, 2010 (Sweden) In this course the participants will acquire an understanding of the definitions of SSR and how the concept has developed. The guiding principles of SSR will be explored as well as concepts for how to develop an integrated approach to SSR in peace operations. Participants will be provided with necessary theoretical knowledge by academic lecturers and experienced practitioners. Case studies, interaction between the participants and exchange of experience are also important course elements


      "Now, the World is Without Me": An Investigation of Sexual Violence in Eastern DRC
      With the support of Oxfam America and in collaboration with medical staff at Panzi Hospital, researchers from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) performed a retrospective cohort study of sexual violence survivors presenting to Panzi Hospital with a specific aim of answering the following outstanding questions: 1) When, where and how are women being attacked and what makes them vulnerable to sexual violence, and 2) How has the rape epidemic in South Kivu evolved over the last five years?

      Progress Report on Women in Peace & Security Careers: US Executive Branch
      In an effort to improve the professional and leadership opportunities for women in international security in U.S. Government agencies, the WISS has published a report on women in peace and security careers. Based on over 90 interviews, this study attempts to fill the information gap on women in international security at the federal level. The report reveals that there is no shortage of women who want to pursue a career in government, but there are gaps in leadership training, formal mentoring programs, and support for workplace flexibility. According to the research, effective leadership and management are critical factors in women's retention and advancement. The study reveals that women often are not getting the support they need to take on and succeed in leadership positions.

      Unjust and Unhealthy: HIV, TB and Abuse in Zambian Prisons
      The 135-page report documents the failure of the Zambian prison authority to provide basic nutrition, sanitation, and housing for prisoners, and of the criminal justice system to ensure speedy trials and appeals, and to make the fullest use of non-custodial alternatives. Poor conditions and minimal medical care for prisoners lead to the transmission of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) - including difficult-to-treat and potentially deadly drug-resistant strains - that threaten the lives of both, inmates and the general public, the report says.


      Criminal Law Legal Specialist
      Eastern Europe The Criminal Law Legal Specialist will work under one of ABA's in-country Criminal Law Reform Programs to implement training and other activities associated with ongoing justice sector reform efforts. The position will focus on training criminal defense lawyers in adversarial skills, due process, and the interplay between those issues and international and national human rights standards. The Legal Specialist may also focus on issues such as defense bar development, legislative reform (i.e. pre-trial detention, bail), anti-trafficking and anti-corruption. The Legal Specialist will work together with ABA's resident staff attorneys and will communicate on a regular basis with relevant government institutions, local legal organizations and international NGOs.

      Program Officer - Rule of Law
      Kabul, Afghanistan The Rule of Law Program seeks a Program Officer for its Kabul, Afghanistan office. This position will assist with the oversight and expansion of a pilot projects intended to establish a relationship between Afghanistan's traditional justice dispute resolution mechanisms (e.g., shuras and jirgas) and the state justice system.
      Court Administration Capacity Advisor
      Iraq (June 15, 2010) The Court Administration Advisor will provide advice and support to the Higher Judicial Council and related Iraqi entities on matters of court administration and assist in developing Iraqi input, strategies, and priorities for reform of Iraqi court administration procedures. This Advisor will assist the HJC in developing standard systems and procedures for courts, and train/mentor Iraqi judges, clerks, and other court personnel in court administration practices, rules, processes, administrative best practices, case flow and management techniques, information technology, and file storage and security

      Court Administration (Training of Trainers)
      Baghdad, Iraq The Advisors will support the relevant JALEA Advisors to train trainers in modern adult educational training techniques with focus on the appropriate subject areas related to court administration. The Advisor will also provide training in criminal law and procedure and court administration.

      Judicial Capacity (Investigations) Advisor
      Baghdad, Iraq The Judicial Advisor (Investigations) will train and provide technical assistance to Investigative Judges (IJs), Judicial Investigators (JIs), Trial Judges (TJs), and prosecutors to enhance their ability to investigate and/or direct the investigation of serious crimes, determine appropriate charges, and conduct investigative hearings and/or trials based on modern techniques of evidence collection, analysis, and presentation. These Advisors will mentor and provide training in the following areas: criminal law and procedure; criminal investigation techniques; evidence collection and analysis, including forensic evidence; questioning witnesses; techniques for issuance of subpoenas, arrest warrants, and indictments in accordance with Iraqi law; and coordinating with police and other criminal justice system actors.

      Legal Education Reform Specialist

      Prishtina, Kosovo The Legal Education Reform Specialist will be responsible for implementation of legal education reform activities with the University of Pristina - in both Pristina and Mitrovica. Pending the outcome of final discussions with funding agencies on areas of work, the Legal Education Specialist in cooperation with the resident staff, will assist with: the development of the Legal Methodology course, a one semester mandatory credited course; the development and piloting of a new course in Ethics and Professional Responsibility; and the development of a potential Research and Writing course. The Legal Education Specialist will also support the expansion of an on-going simulation legal clinic, as well as a currently piloted Trial Advocacy course and live-client clinic. Additionally, the Specialist will assist in the expansion of a "street law" style program called, TeenLaw.

      Judicial Training Specialist
      Monrovia, Liberia (30 May, 2010) The Judicial Training Specialist is responsible to provide advice and technical assistance and undertake the tasks required for continuing its current programs as well as designing and implementing new programs. The Specialist oversees the expansion and enhancement of training programs and assists in the administering of grants from international donors and non-profit groups focusing on training, capacity building and other related topics. The Specialist liaises with other various international donors working in rule of law. With sustainability in mind, the Specialist focuses on the organizational structure of the Institute, strategic planning, management structures, budgetary issues, physical facilities, human resources, and the Institute's legal basis. The Specialist works to promote the highest professional standards of integrity, competence and leadership within Liberia's judiciary.

      Advisor Liaison Officer for Justice System Programme (Consultant)
      Dili, Timor-Leste (10 May, 2010) Under the overall supervision of the Senior Justice Advisor and the direct supervision of the Operations Manager of the Justice System Programme (JSP), the Advisor Liaison Officer will support the recruitment of advisors and will provide support to the advisors working in the national justice institutions. The Advisor Liaison Officer will work closely with donor governments and the HR departments of the national justice institutions to ensure timely and efficient provision of advisor support to the justice institutions.



      UNITED NATIONS: Locking Prisoners In & Society Out
      April 6, 2010 After five years as the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Manfred Nowak, says one of the most surprising and distressing of his experiences has been the realization of the appalling conditions endured by the majority of the world's prisoners and detainees. "In many countries," he says, "I was simply shocked by the way human beings are treated in detention. As soon as they are behind bars, detainees lose most of their human rights and often are simply forgotten by the outside world."

      UNITED NATIONS: 2010 Statistics on Allegations of SEA among Peacekeeping Personnel
      April 15, 2010 As part of the efforts to improve transparency on the issue of sexual exploitation and abuse involving peacekeeping personnel, as of December 2009 the DPKO and Field Support have begun to issue quarterly press releases to make public updated statistics regarding sexual exploitation and abuse cases in field Missions. During the first quarter of 2010, the Departments reported a total of 24 allegations, ten of them concerning minors.

      UNITED NATIONS: Ten Million Detainees in Appalling Conditions Globally
      April 16, 2010 Some 10 million detainees around the world are held in appalling conditions and stronger measures are needed to improve prison conditions and ensure full respect for human rights, according to a United Nations expert on torture. "In light of some 10 million human beings deprived of personal liberty and their alarming conditions of detention, the need for a legally binding and enforceable human rights instrument is pressing," UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak told the 12th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice currently under way in Salvador, Brazil.

      UNITED NATIONS: Body Urges Support of Treaty Regulating Private Military, Security Companies
      April 30, 2010 A United Nations expert body is urging broad support for the creation of a new global treaty to regulate the activities of private military and security contractors, stressing the need for strict control mechanisms for this "highly specific and dangerous trade." The five-member UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries, created in 2005, is currently drafting a possible new legally binding instrument that aims to set minimum global standards for States to regulate private military and security companies activities at the international level. "It's high time to close the legal gap for private security contractors," said Jose Luis Gomez del Prado, who currently chairs the Working Group.

      DARFUR: UN-Backed Training Course for Local Prison Officers
      April 5, 2010 Twenty prison guards in Darfur have undertaken a week-long United Nations-run training course aimed at improving the treatment of inmates in the war-scarred region of western Sudan. The five-day course, held last week in the West Darfur state capital of El Geneina, focused on ensuring that participants - both male and female - have the skills to carry out basic prison duties in line with modern trends and international legal principles.

      DARFUR: UNAMID Increase in Women Officers
      25 April, 2010 50 female police advisors from Ghana deployed to Darfur yesterday, bringing the total number Ghanaian women officers in UNAMID to 110. Upon completing induction courses, the officers will be deployed to various areas of Darfur. The Mission's police are tasked with conducting patrols in and around internally displaced persons camps, providing escort duties in villages and towns throughout Darfur, training local officers, and setting up gender-based activities for local women and children.

      DRC: Phasing-in Withdrawal of Blue Helmets
      April 13, 2010 The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) told the Security Council today that the first stage of withdrawing blue helmets from the country by July is "operationally feasible," but the safety of civilians under threat from militias and criminals remains a priority. "Violence against civilians is increasingly perpetrated by criminal elements in North and South Kivu [provinces], which points to the need for an enhanced police presence to secure public order," said Alan Doss, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for the DRC and head of the UN mission to the country.

      KOSOVO: Judiciary Reform
      April 8, 2010 Two years after declaring independence, Kosovo enters its future with high hopes for moving beyond its current international limbo and towards EU integration, but issues of internal reform provide immense challenges, Martin Wahlisch comments for ISN Security Watch.

      PARAGUAY: Police Units for Victims of Domestic Violence
      March 25, 2010 Police officers Juan Cantero and Karin Colmán are sometimes exhausted and depressed by the time they reach the end of their shift. But they quickly recover because they feel their work at a special new police unit for abused women and children in the Paraguayan capital is important. Cantero and Colmán, who are both 24 years old, have been working since Feb. 25 in the specialised division for victims of violence against women, children and adolescents at the seventh police precinct, one of the two stations in Asunción where the initiative has first been implemented. The plan is to gradually set up such units around the entire country.

      SOUTH AFRICA: MPs Appalled by Sexual Violence in Prisons
      April 14, 2010 "We are shocked by the fact that it is reconfirmed," Vincent Smith, the chairman of the portfolio committee on correctional services, said on Wednesday after a briefing by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR). "We all know about it. We are just shocked it is coming out from experts." Smith told acting correctional services commissioner Jenny Schreiner that he wanted answers from the department when it next appeared in Parliament for a briefing on security on May 12. A number of measures could be taken straight away, he said.

      SUDAN: New Female Police Officers Begin Field Training
      April 7, 2010 More than thirty female police officers have today begun training in Gender, Child Protection and Community Policing courses before their deployment for field duty assignments in all three Darfur states. The officers, who form UNAMID's first-ever all female police contingent, had arrived in El Fasher late last month from Namibia and Tanzania. The five-day training will place emphasis on the issues surrounding gender-based violence and child abuse in order for peacekeepers to better assist those most affected by the conflict. The women officers are in a unique position to provide help as many of the victims of this violence find these officers as better able to understand their trauma.

      SUDAN: Security Gaps in Southern Region Compromise Civilian Protection
      April 12, 2010 Five years after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and less than a year away from the referendum on southern independence, the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) still needs to make substantial progress in reforming the security sector and its ability to protect civilians. The pastoralist and farming communities of Sudan have a history of conflict with one another due to competition for grazing land and water for their cattle. And the rampant proliferation of arms into south Sudan has transformed what were once fairly predictable and rudimentary encounters into serious turf battles resulting in large scale civilian casualties and displacement.

      TIMOR-LESTE: UN Continues Transfer of Functions to National Police
      The United Nations has handed back policing responsibilities to Timor-Leste in a fifth district as part of the gradual transfer of the functions it assumed in 2006 after a wave of deadly violence shook the newly independent country. At a ceremony yesterday attended by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Deputy Special Representative Finn Reske-Nielsen and the Director General of Timor-Leste's Secretariat of State for Security, Guilhermina Ribeiro, Ainaro in the central highlands joined the four other regions where the national police have resumed primary responsibility since last May.

      TIMOR-LESTE: National Police Assume Control of Second Largest City
      April 16, 2010 The United Nations handed over formal control today of policing operations in Baucau, Timor-Leste's second largest city, to national police as part of an ongoing strategy to lessen the Organization's direct control over the country's nascent security operations."The long-term stability of the country depends to a large extent on the development of an effective and professional police service in which the community can have confidence", said the Deputy Special-Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste, Finn Reske-Nielsen.

      TIMOR-LESTE: The Challenge of Building Trust in National Police
      April 22, 2010 Timor-Leste's police force has made considerable strides since its creation ten years ago, the top United Nations police official in the nation has said, while adding that the key challenge remains bolstering the trust of the people in the fledgling institution. UN Police Commissioner Luis Miguel Carrilho told the UN News Centre that Timor-Leste is now a "safe country" with extremely low crime rates. The restaurants in the capital and most populous city, Dili, are bustling, and "you can see people enjoying their daily routines," he added. The main task, the official said, is to "increase the trust of the community in the Timorese police [known as PNTL] and to make sure that we leave behind a sustainable and credible police force."

      UNITED STATES: Sexual Assault and Prison Reform
      April 5, 2010Prison rape is an uncomfortable subject rarely covered in newspapers, a laugh line on late-night television. But the reality is that rape in our prisons is a national scandal. A study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2007 found that more than 60,000 adult inmates and -- even worse -- 1 in 8 juveniles in custody had been sexually assaulted in the previous year. Nearly a year ago, the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission issued a strong report on the scope of the problem and what must be done to address it. But for its proposed reforms to be implemented, we must overcome the inertia and resistance to change within our prison system. Efforts to set standards for prison officials and establish the means to hold them accountable for ending prison rape remain bottled up in the Justice Department bureaucracy.

      Annick T.R. Wibben, Ph.D.

      Chair, International Studies
      Asst. Professor, Politics
      University of San Francisco
      2130 Fulton Street
      San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

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