Due to conflict in Darfur, a whole generation of youth has suffered diminished educational and developmental opportunities. Women, who have little access to income sources and markets, have been further marginalized.
Since the independence of South Sudan 9 July 2011, ten out of Sudan’s remaining 17 states have been directly affected by continued conflict. Within this context, the Kordofan States, East Darfur, Abyei and Blue Nile –located at the frontlines during the North-South civil war-, continue to face particularly acute and complex challenges in progressing towards goals of sustainable peace and poverty reduction.
Women Associated with Armed Forces WAAF are a distinct special needs group eligible for DDR in Sudan as part of the SDDRP according to the National DDR Strategic Plan. Despite not having held combative roles within armed groups, WAAF are recognized in the SDDRP as well as in the CPA due to the support services they provided to the military and armed groups which were essential to the maintenance and cohesion of the armed groups.