Eighty women residents of Khartoum gathered for two workshops to discuss women’s priorities for transition and beyond. The workshops in Khartoum launched a national dialogue process organized by the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission (UNITAMS) in collaboration with the National Democratic Institute (NDI). The process consists of two consultations in each state, and each consultation brings together women from civil society organizations, political parties, women’s groups, armed movements, civil society and experts. , experts and active members of professional associations and associations. Communications also focus on women working in the informal sector, such as tea and food vendors, domestic workers, and even housekeepers.
“Based on the results of a series of talks we organized last August and September, this program was created to lay the foundation for a national women’s program. In this way it will be possible to protect the results that women have achieved since the December revolution, and to ensure that their priorities are reflected in the program of the upcoming transitional periods, and to support the design of the transfer arrangements that suit this objective,” said Christina Shahin, Senior Vice President of UNITAMS Consultants.
Participants discussed the challenges and opportunities involved in setting up a one-woman agenda, including lessons learned from past transitions, areas of cross-breeding among women’s rights advocates, and the lack of opportunities for diverse groups of women to engage in meaningful dialogue.
Participants emphasized the importance of women’s participation in achieving these priorities, whether in legislative bodies or the executive government. They also emphasized the importance of women’s advocacy and representation in other areas.
“When there are more women in law enforcement, more women are encouraged to report violence. When there are more female doctors, more women will be encouraged to seek medical help when they need it,” said one participant.
Common themes emerged at the women’s workshops in Khartoum including the need for inclusive security, equitable economic development, and better access to basic services such as health and education. Participants also emphasized the importance of gender-sensitive legislation and budgeting to address the specific needs and sufferings of women in light of political, economic and humanitarian challenges. in Sudan. For example, participants in both workshops raised time poverty and recommended measures to make menstrual hygiene products available. They also explored ways to extend legal protections to women in the informal economy. Discussions throughout the consultations identified the issue of violence against women, especially domestic violence and the urgent need to ensure legal and administrative support.
The report also addressed the protection needs of vulnerable women in internally displaced and refugee communities, as well as in areas of Sudan emerging from armed conflict. The main goal of the participants is to achieve comprehensive peace and the need to fight hate speech, racism, and racial discrimination, and to show the disproportionate impact of these activities on women.
Participants linked the success of the women’s movement to the political will of the new transitional government, but also emphasized the need for unity among women’s groups in a larger movement to lead the struggle.
“It’s not just a movement that deals with the pain of each other. Rather, there should be a movement that includes the rights of women regardless of whether it is spread in any culture, any context, any or region,” said a young participant. “There’s no need to share issues. We don’t want to agree. It’s a brotherhood that encourages us to recognize all women’s rights issues as part of our program,” added another participant.
Distributed by the APO Group for the United Nations Transitional Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS).
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