IPA Fundamental Rights Projects

Increasing the Organizational Capacity of the Women and Children Sections (WCS) of the Gendarmerie General Command

Brief Description of the Project and Main Objectives

The objective of the project is to enhance the capacity of Women and Children Sections (WCS) of the Gendarmerie General Command (GGC) to improve effectiveness and efficiency in prevention of and fight against violence against women and children, including domestic violence. The project aims to contribute to nationwide efforts to protect women against all forms of violence, prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence.

Achieved Results / Expected Outputs

  • Increasing the effectiveness of GGC in combating violence against women and children
  • Developing the physical infrastructure of the women and children sections of the GGC and providing vehicles in order to intervene in the cases more quickly and to eliminate problems such as secondary trauma during the investigation phases.
  • Building the administrative and staff capacities of the GGC
  • Preparing an “Advocacy and Communication Strategy” for women and child victims, and training the GGC staff on the Advocacy and Communication Strategy
  • Increasing awareness by disseminating the Advocacy and Communication Strategy

With the project, the capacity of the GGC to respond to domestic violence cases was strengthened. More than 1400 Gendarmerie staff were trained under the project, and the number of staff trained through the internal training activities of the Gendarmerie General Command increased to 4748. The project stakeholders directly reached 18,000 citizens through awareness activities on violence against women. An Advocacy and Communication Strategy in Combating Violence against Women was prepared for the GGC staff and was put into practice. The cases of violence against women intervened by the GGC during and after the project increased from 15,000 to 48,000 with the number of victims exceeding 50,000.

Under the supply component of the project, vehicle support was provided to the Women and Children Sections in 81 provinces, and said sections were furnished in a woman- and child-friendly manner.