Protection sector 2012 (2)

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Protection sector 2012:

The Protection Monitoring/Response and Population Movement Tracking project which funded by UNHCR, is aimed at improving the quality of information by monitoring and documenting protection issues, human rights violations and displacement. AORD aside from sharing information also capacitated to respond through local networks established in each area. AORD field monitors trained to monitor and report on displacement using a particular reporting format cleared by UNHCR on protection issues and population movements/displacement. They will rely on a community based network of Community Workers in the villages throughout the Area of Responsibility (AOR). In addition, advocacy training also provided to the Field Monitors to improve their capacity to lobby and advocate on key issues.
With respect to persons with special needs, the humanitarian crises and armed conflict in Blue Nile has resulted in the breakdown of traditional social support structures and long-established protective mechanisms, while damaging the overall social fabric of a community. In general, AORD field monitor staff, in many IDP sites, gender-based violence, rape and forced pregnancy are increasing and also resulting in such health risks as HIV/AIDS.  Urgent concerns are based on the particular effects of the conflict on women and children, including: psychosocial trauma, recruitment of youths into armed groups, separation of children from their parents and care takers, as well as lack of access to food, shelter, housing, health services and education.
Insecurity coupled with restricted access and operational space in the state had limited the possibility of effective monitoring of human rights violations and abuses.  As such, collecting relevant protection information is a major challenge and continues to hinder effective response to the protection needs of civilians in the state.  The prevailing environment has failed to create a favorable space to respect, prevent and respond to the immediate effects of human rights abuses and violations. Moreover, the humanitarian emergency coupled with the lack of services calls for urgent scale up of monitoring efforts in order to collect timely and accurate data on displacement of population and human rights violations.  Hence, the need to establish a strong community based system that monitor, refer and report abuses and violence against IDPs and the most vulnerable groups is critically important.