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Sudanese Women Empowerment for Peace Program

"Peace in the Sudan can be achieved if we work collectively, being proud of our diversity, having equal rights and duties and looking forward to a better future for ourselves and our children.”

In 1997, in response to exacerbated petitions from the Sudanese women, the Government of the Netherlands took the initiative to support the Sudanese women’s ongoing peacemaking efforts. The aim of the initiative was to promote the culture of peace and to promote the non-violent forms of conflict in the country. It also worked on the persuasion of the Sudanese people, especially women, to participate in the peace process. The civil war in the Sudan has put severe constrains on people, especially on women’s involvement in social activities. During wartime, because of male labor migration, women were forced to be self-dependent and to take over men’s responsibilities in subsisting their families. The Sudanese Women’s Empowerment for Peace program reflects the role of women in the peace process. It also puts the Sudanese civil war and the way it has affected the Sudanese women on to of the agenda of both national and international forums and conferences. In so doing, it vocalizes the concerns of the Sudanese women and the burdens that the war has brought to their lives. The SuWEPP consists of nine groups, five in the north (in Khartoum) and four in the south (in Nairobi). The five groups in the north are: the National Committee, (representing the government), Southern Women for Peace, the Civil Society Network, the Nuba Women for Peace and the NDA (represents the opposition). The four groups in the south are: Sudanese Peoples Liberation Movement SPLM; the Sudanese People Liberation Movement the United Group (SPLM-UG); Sudanese People Development Front Women Group (SPDFWG); and the Non-Partisan Group (NPG). Each group runs different activities in addition to joint activities, such as training sessions, workshops and joint-meetings between the northern and the southern groups, which are held periodically every six months. Because of the continuously changing socio-political environment in Sudan, the Sudanese women have to adapt their strategies to their needs. Therefore, the program incorporated a flexible planning and a wide range of activities

 

In 1997, in response to exacerbated petitions from the Sudanese women, the Government of the Netherlands took the initiative to support the Sudanese women’s ongoing peacemaking efforts. The aim of the initiative was to effectuate the culture of peace and to promote the non-violent forms of conflict in the country. It also worked on persuading the Sudanese people, especially women, to participate in the peace process.
The war in the Sudan has put constraints on people, especially on women’s involvement in social work. During wartime, because of male labor migration, women were forced to be self-dependent and to take over men’s responsibilities in subsisting their families. The Sudanese Women’s Empowerment for Peace Program (Suwepp) reflects the role of women in the peace process. It also puts the Sudanese civil war and the way in which it has affected the Sudanese women on the agenda of both national and international forums and conferences. In so doing, it vocalizes the needs of the Sudanese women and the burdens that the war has brought to their lives.
The Suwepp consists of nine groups, five in Khartoum and four in the south – in Nairobi, Kenya. The five groups in the north are: the National Committee, (representing the government), Southern Women for Peace, the Civil Society Network, the Nuba Women for Peace and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), that represents the opposition. The four groups in the south are: the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement-United Group (SPLM-UG), the Sudanese People's Development Front Women Group (SPDFWG), and the Non-Partisan Group (NPG). Each group runs different activities in addition to joint activities, such as training sessions, workshops and joint-meetings between the northern and southern groups, which are held periodically every six months.

 

When the Sudanese Women Empowerment for Peace Program (Suwepp) commenced work in the Sudan, the country had already been torn apart by the civil war that caused chaos and distrust. Because of the continuously changing socio-political climate in Sudan, the Sudanese women have to adapt their strategies according to the changing needs.

 

Sudanese Women Empowerment for Peace Program (Suwepp)

 

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