UNDP launches piloting of women’s empowerment network

Jul 26, 2016

The Country Director of UNDP Sudan Selva Ramachandran has today signed partner agreements with members of a civil society women’s network.

The network, entitled SUPERWOMAN (Supporting the Protection, Empowerment and Reintegration of Women through Mutual Assistance Networks), is supported as a pilot initiative to support and promote the empowerment of women using a comprehensive and people-centered approach. The pilot project has been made possible by a contribution from the Finnish Government, through its Embassy in Cairo.

The cornerstones of the intervention are the community-based women’s groups as a support structure to assist them in their efforts to empower themselves and others. The Superwoman groups are supported and monitored by the implementing partners.

At activity level, the project supports legal aid, medical and psychosocial service delivery and community support as well as advocacy and awareness-raising and income-generating activities. These activities will make it possible to address and promote empowerment of women in a comprehensive way and allow the primary beneficiaries to assume ownership of the project.

The civil society organisations contributing to the project are committed to working together to support vulnerable women and hope to be joined by others with a mission to work towards women’s empowerment.

“We are pleased to have signed this agreement today and we look forward to seeing the results as soon they develop. We are also looking into a possibility of scaling up this model in the next phase.” Said Selva Ramachandran UNDP Sudan Country director.

The project contributes toward the realisation of Sustainable Development Goal no. 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”

 

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