GLO.ACT Gender and Human Rights Approach (February 2021)_EM - Page 2

The principle of non-discrimination can be found in Articles 14 ( 2 ) of the UN Trafficking in Persons Protocol and 19 ( 2 ) of the UN Smuggling of Migrants Protocol .
“ Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls ”.
• Supporting services that address the intersectional needs of different vulnerable groups , including those that are particularly vulnerable as a result of age , ethnicity and / or gender discrimination .
• Ensuring access to justice for people with disabilities and working to ensure that financial and other barriers to legal action and protection are overcome .
• Highlighting the importance of restorative justice for victims , offenders and communities at large .
• Emphasizing that every person within the State ’ s jurisdiction has human rights – including the right to a fair trial and due process – regardless of their migration status .
This last point is a crucial aspect of UNODC ’ s work . Many people who have been trafficked and smuggled as well as those who have been accused of these crimes are not citizens of the country they are in . They often face discrimination , whether unofficially , or officially where their rights are not legally guaranteed .
What is required to achieve a human rights-based and gender-sensitive approach varies from country to country , context to context and indeed from person to person . UNODC ’ s interventions are therefore specifically tailored to the particular circumstances . Achieving gender equality and human rights for all is a progressive task requiring sustained commitment and effort ; UNODC therefore explores the opportunities that each intervention offers , to build a more equitable world . Below are some examples of GLO . ACT ’ s work to mainstream human rights and gendersensitive approaches :
• GLO . ACT Human Rights and Gender Equality Toolkit : UNODC has developed a human rights and gender mainstreaming Toolkit to assist policy makers , practitioners and UN staff in meeting their due diligence obligations when
Articles 14 ( 1 ) of the UN Trafficking in Persons Protocol and 19 ( 1 ) of the UN Smuggling of Migrants Protocol explicitly state that :
“ Nothing in this Protocol shall affect the rights , obligations and responsibilities of States and individuals under international law , including international humanitarian law and international human rights law ….”
implementing activities to counter migrant smuggling and trafficking in persons . The focus of the Toolkit is not on the consequences of the crimes themselves , but rather the human rights and gender equality objectives of the work that UNODC does to support States in responding to them . The Toolkit was initially presented in December 2019 , was being piloted in 2020 with our partner organisations and countries . The online version is publicly available here .
GLO . ACT Women ‘ s Network : with the aim of fostering an inclusive dialogue around female participation , leadership and empowerment in the criminal justice sector that is often dominated by males , this initiative was announced in December 2019 at an awareness-raising special event jointly organized with the European Union . UN- ODC used the occasion to call for a transformative shift in the narrative : from women as victims to women as powerful agents of change . The Network , officially launched in June 2020 , primarily targets female officials working in policymaking , the justice sector , law enforcement and civil society within countries working with GLO . ACT Asia and the Middle East as well as GLO . ACT Bangladesh .
University Module Training Programs : UNODC has developed a university module on the human rights and gender dimensions of trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling , to support the next generation in understanding interlinkages between various vulnerability factors when confronting human trafficking and migrant smuggling crimes . UNODC has also developed two informative videos outlining the importance of both human rights and gender-based considerations in the context of human trafficking and migrant smuggling and is working with its partner countries to tailor these resources for stakeholders in GLO . ACT partner countries .