Regional Director, International Organization for Migration/UN Migration, East and Horn of Africa
In our humanitarian world more men should speak up and stand up for the rights of women as well as promote women participation in all levels of engagement from organizational management to policy and programme implementation. Women account more than half of Africa’s population. They are the backbone of our families, our communities, our nations, and most important our successes. Denying their basic rights is like denying the existence of half of our populations.
I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.
I support the IGC gender-based violence pledge.
IOM EHOA will continue advocating and implementing, by building on its broader protection approach, knowledge, and good practices, through the GBViC Framework. GBViC aims to ensure the safety, dignity, well-being, and equitable access to services for all crisis-affected persons, especially women and girls, and is prioritized, integrated, and coordinated across all IOM crisis operations, in a way that addresses Gender Based Violence (GBV)by: a/ Mitigating risks: by taking action to address the risks of GBV in all crisis operations; b/Supporting survivors: by facilitating access to survivor-centered, multisectoral services; and c/ Addressing the root causes: by contributing towards progressively transforming the conditions that perpetuate GBV such as unequal power dynamics, gender inequality and a lack of respect for human rights.
Conflict in EHOA is a principle driver of population displacement - dismantling families, communities and societies - requiring peace preservation and peacebuilding interventions attuned to the mobility dimensions of conflict. IOM supports a diverse peacebuilding portfolio designed to prevent, manage and resolve conflict as a driver of displacement and obstacle to return and reintegration working at individual, community and institutional levels. IOM EHOA with government and non-government stakeholders will continue to advocate on peacebuilding policy and programming, that requires conflict-sensitive attention to complex social dynamics attentive to gender, women, youth, diaspora and private sector engagement, human rights and protection considerations. As such, IOM’s approach to peacebuilding supports the objectives of the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus and the Sustaining Peace Agenda.