One of the key normative imperatives that guide the work of the Mission and the United Nations system relates to the empowerment of women and Security Council resolutions on women and peace and security.
UNSMIL approaches women’s empowerment as a core dimension of delivering on its mandate across all areas. The Mission promotes women’s rights and facilitates a process by which their needs, aspirations and challenges are taken into account.
Key issues include women’s participation in elections, including their standing for office, and in constitutional processes; women’s engagement in the transitional justice and reconciliation processes, including the aspects relating to missing persons; gender sensitive security sector reform; and the strengthening of national and civil society capacities to safeguard women’s rights and investigate violations.
To complement this work, UNSMIL works closely with the country team to ensure women’s participation in development activities.
In the areas of human rights and transitional justice, UNSMIL has supported women’s organisations in conducting human rights monitoring and has initiated a survey of women's groups interested in reconciliation activities.
In the run-up to the National Congress elections, UNSMIL contributed to awareness campaigns among women voters and candidates.
UNSMIL is advocating for the incorporation of gender sensitivity into police training, particularly protection mechanisms, policies and practices for handling sensitive information and confidentiality relating to crimes against women.