UNDP supports inclusive women’s empowerment network

 Ms. Maisson Matar, Founder and CEO of Fandora and Women’s Entrepreneurship Ambassador, engages Ahfad students on women’s entrepreneurship.

On Sunday, 13th of December 2015, the Superwoman network in Khartoum celebrated the end of the first cycle of the network.

Impressions from the event can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqiLVW5xhd0.

Superwoman (Supporting the Protection, Empowerment and Reintegration of Women) is an inclusive women’s empowerment network focusing on Space, Voice, Community and Hope.

The first cycle has seen the graduation of the first group of support persons and their formation into a community-based structure.

This framework of mutual support groups and their membership can be used to support and integrate the next round of recruits and to implement project activities in the communities they live in, thereby increasing impact and sustainability.

The intervention modality is innovative in that it combines a survivor-centered multi-sectoral approach to supporting vulnerable persons at risk with a focus on economic empowerment.

It is sustainable because of the focus on a business approach rather than the mere implementation of project activities. Over time, the network structure will facilitate the creation of sustainable and inclusive business models and is scalable across urban and rural environments as well as humanitarian and development programming contexts.

The event featured a bazaar, music performances, a student engagement on business development as well as the premiere of “Voice from the Silence”, a dramatic story of Seida and her struggle to overcome exclusion. The film can be found on YouTube at https://youtu.be/1yLY_xAuw60.

The Superwoman network contributes toward Sustainable Development Goal no. 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”

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