Final Evaluation: Advancing Gender Justice in Countries under International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation (Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Sudan, Uganda)
Authors/Editors: Elca STIGTER Angélique VERWEIJ
Location: DRC, Uganda, Sudan, Libya
Grantee: Women’s Initiative for Gender Justice
Grant Period: 1 January 2013 – 31 December 2015
Grant Amount: $730,000
Publication year: 2016
Women’s Initiative for Gender Justice implemented “Advancing Gender Justice in Countries under ICC investigation” for three years. The project aimed to:
- Increase access to justice, medical support and post-conflict reconstruction programmes;
- Enhance capacity and leadership amongst local women’s rights partners; and
- Increase opportunities to be influential participants in post-conflict recovery and transitional justice mechanisms.
Main findings of the evaluation:
- War-affected women and girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Libya, Sudan and Uganda, including survivors of gender-based crimes, benefited to some degree from improved access to justice, medical support and post-conflict reconstruction programmes.
- The project contributed to the 2015 revision of Article 149 of the Sudanese Criminal Code, to provide a definition of rape that meets international standards, including by differentiating between rape and adultery. Article 151 was also amended to criminalize sexual harassment.
- Training and support to improve documentation among Women’s Initiative for Gender Justice’s implementing partners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Libya improved capacity development leadership skills.
- Law enforcement training resulted in successful prosecutions and convictions.