Establishment of One Man Can (OMC) National Network
Following the successful implementation of the One Man Can (OMC) campaigns in the Blue Nile, Northern Kordofan and Khartoum states, UNDP sought to expand the experience and share success of the campaigns more widely through capacity building of selected government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) aiming at establishing a national OMC Network.
- Raga El Araki, 35- year old, said "I am a dramatist. The knowledge I gained from this training is truly valuable for my profession and I think as a dramatist, I can integrate the OMC messages into drama sketches, chants and role plays in our radio and TV programs.”
Recently, UNDP Disarmament and Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Unit and Sudan Disarmament and Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (SDDRC), in partnership with Zenab Organization for Women, conducted an OMC Training of Trainers (TOT). The training consists of 63 participants, 23 males and 40 females representing various national NGOs, government entities of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Social Welfare and social security, and Sudanese Women Union.
The training offered an opportunity to provide participants with the necessary knowledge, tools and materials to enable them to lead the campaigns’ activities at the community level.
While UNDP through the DDR Programme served as a catalyst for the national NGOs to form the OMC National Network, the NGOs deserve credit for mobilizing resources on their own and for moving the effort forward. Moreover, the diversity of the participants generated positive interactions, enriched the discussions, and gave space to share interesting personal experiences.
Some remarkable testimonies shared in the workshop included Maysoon Masa who is 19- year old female, who said “I am a university student, I normally face social and cultural restrictions, I want to be able to speak about violence in my community in order to be able to live a normal life. I learnt a lot form the training and hope that the OMC methodology helps men to understand our needs and give us some space to live our life naturally”.
Manal Fargallah, Women Union Executive Director also said “I was encouraged to be part of this training from the beginning. After this training, and as a women union member, it is our responsibility to train women union branches in Khartoum and other states and to use the acquired knowledge for the benefit of all the Sudanese women.”
At the conclusion of the training, NGOs participants agreed to form an OMC National Network to combat Gender-Based Violence (GBV) across Sudan, promote gender equality and healthy relationships between men and women. NGO members affirmed their commitment to working together, to mobilize support and resources, and reinforce each other’s capacity to work in gender equality and GBV issues. The network aims to establish linkages with national, regional, and international initiatives combating GBV, such as “Zero Tolerance National Campaign”, SONKE Gender Justice, and Men Engage, and other initiatives. The Ministry of Social Welfare and Social Security, SDDRC, and UNDP DDR are willing to provide technical support to facilitate and achieve the objectives of the OMC National Network. The workshop ended successfully by signing an OMC Declaration of Commitment that was adopted by 33 NGOs.