Another participant, Khalifa Mohamed Adam Abdallah from Nyala University’s Peace Centre, said because of the training, the Centre would establish a new gender section to provide information and address misconceptions.
Hamid Kabbashi, general manager of South Darfur’s Ministry of Social Affairs, was delighted Sawtaha will work towards increasing women’s participation in public spaces. “This, he said, “would enable us to contribute to the 40% constitutional requirement for women in the legislature.”
“Initiatives like Sawtaha will provide transformative change on the ground,” said Safia Mohammed, DCPSF Gender and Peacebuilding Specialist, who represented the DCPSF Technical Secretariat at the project’s launch in Nyala. “And, after the Government’s commitment to increasing the role of women in society, politics, and peace efforts with the recent adoption of the National Action Plan (NAP), now is the right time.”
The National Action Plan, adopted in June 2020, fulfils a key commitment in the Constitutional Declaration to apply relevant resolutions regarding participation of women at all levels in the peace process, and ensure they are protected from human rights violations and have access to justice.
Sawtaha’s establishment follows research undertaken by CIS, DDRA and Global Aid Hand, assessing the role of women in DCPSF-supported CBRMs. A key finding from the research was that, with some notable exceptions (like Zahra Ibrahim), women’s participation in CBRMs remained low and is heavily focused on support functions. It recommended increased, strategic efforts to improve the inclusion of women in CBRMs and other initiatives in Darfur.
Sawtaha is being implemented by DCPSF partner CARE International Switzerland (CIS) and its sub-partner, the Darfur Development and Reconstruction Agency (DDRA).
The Darfur Community Peace and Stability Fund (DCPSF) is a multi-donor programme established in 2007 to support the people of Darfur in their efforts to rebuild long-established community stability mechanisms, through mediation, reconciliation, and peaceful settlement of conflicts. DCPSF is funded by generous contributions from the Government of Sweden, the Government of United Kingdom, the Government of Norway, and the Government of Switzerland, and is managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sudan.