In December 2019, and in response to the initiation of the transitional period in Sudan, AMNA launched its first peace-building community program. The program, titled (Women in Politics, Peace-building and Good Governance), is a response to the growing need for Sudanese women to be involved in these areas. The program has the aim to be recurrent during the transitional period, with the aim of increasing the number of people voting for the interest of women in Sudan’s next democratic elections.
Sudanese women have been the subject to widespread violations in the political, social, economic spheres, under the dictatorship of the past regime. And while they were at the front lines in the December revolution, which successfully ousted the government rule, women were still not granted fair representation in the post-revolution political procedures, peace-building negotiations, as well as the transitional period governing bodies.
This program aimed to highlight those violations that women faced, particularly the situation of women in conflict zones, in Darfur, Blue Nile State and The Nuba Mountains. The content was focused to bring attention to the crucial role women play in conflict and aggravated conditions they are exposed to, in comparison to being neglected in post-conflict settings. By denying them the right to speak for their issues and have designated seats in political, peace-building and governance processes, those violations that they underwent during conflict, risk going unnoticed and unaccounted for.
This was explicitly important in the light of signifying our citizenship duty of voting, and how women’s interests should constitute a major concern in the kind of decision we will make in the upcoming national elections. In order for AMNA to deliver this message in the best means possible, within the course of 8 weeks, notions of gender, conflict, women’s situation in conflict and post-conflict settings, as well as women’s political participation were deeply looked into and discussed. By directly interacting with 30 individuals, aged 16-35, who included young girls and boys, as well as men and women from the youth, we were able to create a learning and free dialogue environment.
AMNA ensured cultural diversity in the participants to guarantee a more enriching experience for everyone in the program. This included participants who have lived in conflict zones or experienced events of political unrest. Their participation allowed valuable insights to be provided to the shared content, and conveyed a firsthand image of the events we were attempting to narrate about women.
The WPPG program, which was funded by The Canadian Embassy, was very significant in the area of community mobilization, as not only were the participants exposed to a wide range of topics, but they also had the opportunity to carry out independent awareness graduation projects! Teams of 3 were formed and each team tackled a specific perspective in women’s stance politically, in peace-building processes or on how their representation contributes to good governance. Please find attached the link to the full report which includes all sessions and activities, stay tuned to apply for our upcoming batch of the program!