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Sudan is the largest country in Africa, bordering nine countries, with population of 34 million, according to the last census. Sudan is characterized by huge diversity, it is multi-religious, multi-cultural, and multi-linguistic. It is a country blessed with immense natural resources in agriculture, livestock, minerals and soil, which awaits only sustainable peace, stability and capital to materialize into real wealth.
“We, the women of Darfur, have united to heal the wounds. We have built our power. It is time for the Darfurian movements to unite."
Since the Security Council passed Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, there has been a push to recruit more women peacekeepers over the last 10 years. The effect has been positive with women acting as positive role models in post-conflict societies. Jocelyne Sambira reports.
A two-day consultative workshop on gender issues organized by UNAMID, concluded yesterday in Nyala, South Darfur.
The occasion was used to discuss the status of the implementation of UNSCR 1325, a landmark resolution by the UN Security Council which ensures that the promotion of women's empowerment and gender equality form a central part of efforts to implement peacekeeping mandates.
More than 50 representatives gathered yesterday in El Geneina, West Darfur, to discuss women's rights in the Darfur state. The event marked the third and final in a series of Darfur-wide forums on UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. The occasion was led by the Wali's (Governor's) Advisor for Women and Children, with assistance from UNAMID.
El Geneina, 30 September 2010 – More than 50 representatives gathered yesterday in El Geneina, West Darfur, to discuss women's rights in the Darfur state. The event marked the third and final in a series of Darfur-wide forums on UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. The occasion was led by the Wali's (Governor's) Advisor for Women and Children, with assistance from UNAMID.
As the situation in Darfur continues, sexual violence remains in the forefront as a means of war and humiliation. As a result, survivors of sexual violence are not only ostracized by their families and communities but left to struggle alone with the long-term effects of this brutal victimization.
Rape victims in Sudan's Darfur region have lost vital medical and psychological support since Khartoum expelled aid agencies working against sexual violence this year, the United Nations and aid workers said.
A Sudanese minister on Wednesday dismissed the reports as "propaganda" saying there was no widespread rape in the region and that foreigners were free to come and investigate.
Influential female singers known as “Hakamat” are still fuelling inter-tribal conflict in Sudan's Darfur region, despite efforts to teach them about building peace in their communities.
Traditional songs which ridicule fellow tribesmen who try to defuse conflicts with neighbouring groups help stoke tensions in the region.
A U.S.-based group of physicians on Tuesday released medical evidence of widespread torture, sexual assault and other human rights violations against civilians in Sudan's conflict-wracked Darfur region.
The study was released by the group Physicians for Human Rights in the peer-reviewed Internet medical journal, PLoS Medicine.
A Sudanese genocide refugee relayed his story of escaping the massacre of his village during a speech on Wednesday, May 4, and called for students to support peace, rather than violence as a method of stopping genocide.
North Darfur has announced its total commitment to empowering rural women through microfinance programmes as an ideal way of expanding production in the state.
Fears of further violence in Sudan are currently generating many news headlines because of the looming January 2011 deadline for the referendum on southern independence.
United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today organized the launch of the Darfur Regional Women's Legislative Caucus, in El Fasher, North Darfur. The establishment of the Caucus is considered an essential step to support the promotion of gender equality in the region.
UNAMID's Gender Advisory Unit has began mobilizing women representatives in North Darfur Civil Society organizations to participate in the preparatory meeting for the upcoming open day on the 10th Anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, which falls on 7 June.
Niemat Ahmadi is a quiet badass. She is a native of North Darfur, founder and president of Darfur Women Action Group and the director of Global Partnerships for United to End Genocide and has been a friend and colleague for many years. She is soft-spoken but passionate when it comes to her country and the atrocities that are still being committed there.
Darfur Peace and Development Organization is non-profit and non-sectarian. It seeks to restore reconciliation where conflict exists in the Darfur region of Sudan through advocacy and humanitarian aid to the needy people in Darfur region, without regard to race, religion, sex or national origin.
he African Union - United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), in collaboration with the Ministries of Social Affairs and the Wali's (Governor) Advisors on Women and Children in the five Darfur states, organized a series of Open Days on United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security which concluded on 9 October in El Fasher, North Darfur.
Femmes Africa Solidarité and its partner World YWCA successfully organised a Panel and a series of high level meetings for 6 Sudanese women in Geneva, 12 March to 18 March, 2008.
The women met with UN Delegates, foreign government ministers, ambassadors, NGO's, UN Agencies, the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rghts Situation in Sudan, Ms Sima Samar, and a broad spectrum of key contacts regarding Women in Darfur.
The PeaceWomen Team
We have, over time, heard many commitments from the United Nations and Member States to implement Resolution 1325. We have also seen very limited actions taken to meet these commitments. The current situation in Darfur offers an opportunity to make those commitments a reality.