"Women's rights monitoring in conflict and post-conflict countries"

Women’s Rights Monitoring in Conflict and Post-Conflict Countries:
Experiences from the Field

 

Facilitator: Dr. Sadiq Syed

Dr Sadiq Syed is a human rights professional specializing in women’s rights and served extensively in conflict, post-conflict and developing countries. Dr Sadiq holds LL.M from University of Delhi and PhD in Women’s Rights Law from Tamilnadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University. He is currently serving as a Deputy Regional Program Director with the UN WOMEN Regional Office for Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

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The promoting and protection of women’s rights is a key to attaining human rights and overall progress. In this training session, Dr. Sadiq will introduce the significance of women’s rights monitoring, the tools and techniques and will share his practical experiences of human rights monitoring in conflict and post-conflict countries including Ethiopia, Eritrea, East Timor, Sudan/Darfur, Liberia and Afghanistan.

Promoting and protecting women’s rights is a key to achieving rule of law, democracy and overall development. The increasing conflicts both internal and international have led to large displacements, insecurity and widespread incidents of sexual and gender based violence, globally. Protection of women and girls during and following the armed conflicts has become a priority for the United Nations, the national Governments and the international community.

Women’s rights monitoring has different facets and provides evidence based information about the incidents violation of women’s rights and women’s rights practices of governments and organizations, so as to provide a basis for advocacy and protection of women’s human rights. Women’s rights monitoring methods involve gathering information about incidents or government policies; observing trials, demonstrations and public hearings; visits to site of incidents for collecting evidentiary material including pictures and data, internally displaced persons (IDP) and refugee camps, prisons, interviewing victims, witnesses, family members, and government authorities. This is further substantiated through analysis of each incident in the light of country’s treaty ratification status and legislations related to women’s rights, the institutional mechanism including local law enforcement system. The monitoring and analysis will not only throw light on the violations but also help advocate and strengthen the laws and practice in conformity with international human rights obligations.

More about Dr. Ahamad Jilani Syed:

Dr. Sadiq has a passion for women and child rights and throughout his higher education and career focused on Gender and Human Rights. Dr. Sadiq possess experience and expertise in serving in conflict and post conflict countries and also contributed research papers on Human Rights with focus on women’s rights.

Dr. Sadiq stared his career as a women’s rights lawyer and practiced before the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India. Later he joined the National Commission for Women (Government of India) as a Law Officer responsible for the Legal Unit, Complaints and Counselling Cell and 24x7 Emergency Control Room. While serving at the National Commission for Women, Government of India, Dr. Sadiq coordinated and assisted the expert committee on law and legislation in formulation of draft Bills and Ordinances on important subjects such as domestic violence, child rape, registration of marriages and implementation of a number of innovative programmes including ‘Parivarik Mahila Lok Adalats’, Legal Literacy for Women and Girls etc. In 2001, Sadiq was appointed by the NCW as a Member of the Two-Member Independent Enquiry Committee to probe into sale of children in Andhra Pradesh, and played vital role in unearthing the sale of children racket and submission of a detailed enquiry report with recommendations to the Central and State Government.

Dr. Sadiq has been serving with the United Nations system for over a decade especially in conflict and post-conflict countries in the areas of human rights and gender. These include Ethiopia, Eritrea, East Timor, Sudan /Darfur, Liberia and Afghanistan.

Sadiq has authored and co-authored several publications on human rights and gender. Some of these include, Women in India: Legal and Human Rights, Published by Women’s Studies and Development Centre, University of Delhi, Violence Against Women: Legal Safeguards, Published by Guild of Service, Parivarik Mahila Lok Adalats published by NCW, Legal Framework for Health Care in India, and Judicial System and Reforms in Asian Countries: The Case of India sponsored by the World Bank and the Institute for Developing Economies, JETRO, Japan respectively.


Sadiq has received national and international awards for his commitment and work towards protection and empowerment of women and girls. Besides, merit awards at National Commission for Women, Sadiq is the first Non-Sudanese and first man to have received the Government of Sudan/Civil Society’s prestigious “International Women’s Day Award-2007” for exemplary services in the areas of women and child protection and empowerment.