Annual report 2021

To contribute to the sustainable respect of the right to a fair trial and human rights for women accused of witchcraft in CAR

  • Global Objective:
    • The overall objective is to protect and strengthen access to justice for women victims of human rights violations in CAR.
  • Results and main activities:
    • Result 1 – Communities are sensitised to the respect of Human Rights and procedural guarantees for women, in particular those accused of charlatanism/sorcery:
      • Activity 1.1: Mutualised design of awareness raising tools for partner CSOs
      • Activity 1.2: Awareness raising sessions by partner CSOs
    • Result 2 – Women accused of the Practice of Charlatanism and Witchcraft (PCS) receive holistic assistance:
      • Activity 2.1 Legal assistance for women accused of PCS
      • Activity 2.2 Early warning and monitoring mechanism for women receiving assistance
    • Result 3 – Respect for human rights and protection of women victims of gender-based violence are strengthened through the adoption of reforms within the sectoral policy of the Ministry of Justice:
      • Activity 3.1. Documentation and analysis of the socio-legal treatment of PCS incidents
      • Activity 3.2. Experience sharing and advocacy
  • Partners:
    • Organisation of Young Leaders for Development (OJLD) in Bouar
    • Centre for the Promotion and Defence of Children’s Rights (CPDE) in Berberati
    • Maison de l’Enfant et de la Femme Pygmée (MEFP) à Nola
    • The lawyers of the Central African Bar Association
    • The Ministry of Justice, in particular Thematic Group 3 of the Justice sector policy implementation unit
    • The Ministry for the Promotion of Women, the Family and Child Protection
  • Duration: 12 months (February 2021 > August 2022)
  • Funding: European Union
  • Budget : EUR 300.000

Women Human Rights Defenders, actors of peacebuilding in CAR

  • Global Objective:
    • The main objective of the project is to change gender-based social norms by increasing the number of women activists who are firmly committed to obtain social change.
  •  Expected impact:
    • Women are further encouraged to engage in human rights advocacy, becoming activists themselves, while strengthening their protection against any negative repercussions of their activities.
  • Activities :
    • Strengthen the capacity of the NCHRF to monitor the situation of women’s rights and women defenders (3 sessions)
    • Organise 4 sessions of exchange, sharing and follow-up mentoring between the selected women activists and young girls’ university leaders/associations of young girls in university schools/associations of young girls in schools
    • Support the realisation of an exhibition “portrait of women activists” during the debate conference of 8 March 2022
    • Support training sessions on women’s rights monitoring for activists and the production of data collection tools for field missions.
    • Strengthen local community networks for the support and protection of WHRDs (3 networks)
    • Sensitise key actors (community leaders, religious groups, journalists, community radio stations) to the work of WHRDs
    • Strengthen the capacities of local radio stations on gender promotion, conflict prevention and peaceful conflict management (4/6 sessions)
    • Designing and multiplying image boxes for use in awareness raising activities.
  • Partners: 
    • Maison de l’Enfant et de la Femme Pygmées (MEFP) in the Sangha Mbaéré area in Nola.
    • Centre pour la Promotion des Droits de l’Enfant (CPDE) in the Mambéré Kadeï area, precisely in Berberati.
    • Organisation des Jeunes Leaders pour le Développement (OJLD) in the Nana Mambéré area in Bouar.
  • Duration: 18 months (February 2021 > August 2022)
  • Budget: $600,000
  • Donor(s) and amount of funding: PBF, $1,500,000

Improving access to justice and the protection of human rights in the Central African Republic

  • Global Objective:
    • To strengthen the process of reviving the justice sector and the effectiveness of human rights, in particular for people in situations of increased vulnerability.
  •  Specific Objectives:
    • Individuals (including detainees) informed of their rights, advised and referred to structures of holistic care
    • Individuals (including detainees) benefiting from legal accompaniment and aid.
    • Individuals (including detainees) benefiting from better quality judicial services
    • The achievements of the project are shared for the benefit of the population, actors of the justice sector, human rights and the promotion of the rule of law
  • Partners :
  • Duration: 30 months (January 2020 > June 2022)
  • Budget: EUR 1,400,000
  • Funding: European Union

(French) Deprivation of liberty practices in the Central African Republic: a reflection of crisis justice and justice in crisis

International Women’s day: Gender and witchcraft in the Central African Republic, fighting discrimination against women and children

In the Central African Republic, the prosecution of people suspected of witchcraft and charlatanism, which frequently leads to serious human rights violations, systematically impacts women and children. This must be examined from a gender-based violence perspective.

Anti-sorcery violence has been specifically highlighted in several international reports monitoring human rights violations, which point to the fact that the Central African State is failing in its duty to protect citizens, in particular girls and women accused of witchcraft and charlatanism who are succeptible to be subjected to violence, sometimes leading to death, by armed groups or groups of individuals.

In this respect, experience shows that such violence is rooted in structural inequalities and patterns of patriarchal domination against women and certain categories of vulnerable people. This type of violence is therefore a consequence of social and cultural norms that impede the realisation of the rights of women and minors.

Actions

With its Central African partners, and thanks to joint funding from the European Union and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ASF is committed to promoting respect for procedural guarantees and access to justice for women and minors (particularly those accused of witchcraft and charlatanism), by taking sustainable action to reduce gender inequalities.

Three areas of intervention work together to achieve this objective:

  • Legal empowerment, which considers people as full actors in the realisation of their rights and integrates different mechanisms
  • Legal representation and remedies based on the law and respectful of the rights of women and children
  • Engagement of institutional actors in the adoption of reforms and practices that are consistent with women’s rights, including on issues of witchcraft and charlatanism. This axis is complementary to the previous ones in order to bring influence and advocacy actions based on the realities on the ground.

These actions contribute to making the specific needs of gender-based violence (GBV) victims and potentially affected groups visible and to amplifying the voice of those affected in order to encourage the adoption and implementation of reforms that sustainably address gender inequalities and human rights violations of those prosecuted for witchcraft and charlatanism.

Annual report 2020

Annual report 2019

Fonctions et réalités de la détention dans les prisons de Bangui et de Berberati

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