United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission (UNITAMS) launches nationwide initiative to consult on women’s priorities for transition and beyond
Eighty female residents of Khartoum met in two workshops to discuss women’s priorities for the transition and beyond. The workshops in Khartoum launched a nationwide consultation process organized by the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission (UNITAMS) in partnership with the National Democratic Institute (NDI). The process will involve two consultations in each state, each bringing together civil society organisations, political parties, women’s groups, armed movements, internally displaced persons as well as academics, experts and active members of professional associations and networks Will be brought The counseling will also target women working in informal sectors, such as tea and food vendors, domestic workers, as well as domestic caregivers.
“Based on the results of the series of dialogues we held last August and September, this project is designed to lay the foundation for an inclusive national women’s agenda. It seeks to safeguard the gains women have made since the December Revolution. ensure that their priorities are reflected in the agenda of any upcoming transitional period, and support the design of transitional arrangements conducive to this purpose,” said Christina Shaheen, UNITAMS Senior Gender Advisor.
Participants discussed the challenges and opportunities in building a unified women’s agenda, including lessons learned from previous transitional periods, generational gaps among women’s rights advocates, and the absence of forums for diverse women’s groups to engage in constructive dialogues is included.
Participants highlighted the centrality of meaningful participation of women in legislative bodies or executive government to achieve these priorities. She also emphasized the impact of supporting the presence and representation of women in other areas.
“When there are more women in law enforcement bodies, more women will be encouraged to report violence. When there are more women doctors, more women will be encouraged to seek medical help when needed,” said one participant. Told.
Common priorities emerged at the workshops for women in Khartoum, including the need for inclusive security, equitable economic development and better access to basic services such as health and education. Participants stressed the need to prioritize gender-sensitive legislation and budgeting to address the specific needs and sufferings of women in light of the ongoing political, economic and humanitarian crisis in Sudan. For example, participants in both workshops raised menstrual poverty and recommended measures to make menstrual hygiene products available. She also explored ways to provide legal protection to women in the informal economy. The issue of violence against women, especially domestic violence, was discussed and the urgent need for legislative and institutional support was highlighted during the deliberations.
The dialogue also addressed the security needs of internally displaced persons and communities of refugees and particularly vulnerable women in parts of Sudan emerging from armed conflict. The participants further prioritized the need to achieve comprehensive peace and tackle hate speech, casteism and caste discrimination and highlighted the adverse impact of these practices on women.
Participants linked the success of the women’s agenda to the political will of a new transitional government, but also underlined the need for solidarity among women’s groups within a larger movement to lead effective advocacy.
“The agenda does not have to include only general issues related to mutual suffering. Instead, it should be a rights-based agenda that includes all women’s rights issues, regardless of whether they are localized to a culture or a context or a region, said a young participant. “There is no need to share causes. We don’t need consensus. There is a brotherhood that compels us to recognize all women’s rights issues as part of our agenda,” said another participant.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission (UNITAMS) in Sudan.
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