Achieving lasting peace and security in Sudan is only possible with the full inclusion of women in conflict resolution and decision-making processes. Our all-Sudan inclusive approach is to advocate for peaceful resolution of the conflict and the vital role that women must play within peace processes. We also urge for better leadership from African neighbors in supporting peace and justice in Sudan. We support women victims of crimes and human rights abuses in their efforts for justice and reconciliation.
There have been significant developments in Sudan in the last year, including national elections, a successful referendum in Southern Sudan, popular consultations in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, and peace negotiations in Doha, Qatar aimed at resolving the conflict in Darfur. Yet, violence continues as the root causes of the conflicts – ethnic discrimination, the use of violence as a means to promote political agendas and widespread impunity for perpetrators of crimes and human rights violations – are not addressed. Women suffer the brunt of ongoing hostilities and human rights abuses.
In 2008, a Nobel Women’s Initiative delegation to Sudan brought together diverse groups of Sudanese women to plan and promote their effective participation in processes. Since then, we have supported women’s participation in AU summit meetings as well as UN discussions on women, peace and security. At the Review Conference of the International Criminal Court in Uganda in 2010, Laureates Shirin Ebadi and Wangari Maathai joined Sudanese women activists to call for an end to impunity for crimes against women and girls.
Wangari Maathai addresses Sudanese women about women and the peace process in Sudan
All too often, women are excluded from formal peace negotiations… Research and experience demonstrates that women’s involvement at the peace table leads to broader inclusion of issues aside from security and power, and that women are able to build bridges between disparate groups.Wangari Maathai
Achieving lasting peace and security in Sudan is not possible without women’s full inclusion.Wangari Maathai