Second Meeting of the Sudanese Women's Forum on Darfur

Second Meeting of the Sudanese Women's Forum on Darfur

6th-8th January 2009 - Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA


The second meeting of the Sudanese Women's Forum on Darfur is an initiative of FAS in partnership with Realizing Rights and the Gender is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC), supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Norwegian Government. It was held from January 6th-8th, 2009 in Darfur, Sudan.

In September 2007, Mary Robinson led a mission of 8 prominent women leaders to visit IDP and refugee camps in Eastern Chad. Ms. Bineta Diop, Executive Director of FAS, participated in this mission and there they all decided to have a strong advocacy campaign on the suffering and anguish of the population, particularly women and children.

Abiding this mission FAS arranged a program of work to engender the peace process in Darfur and other parts of Sudan. The first activity was a mission to Sudan to map women's organizations and initiatives. The second activity was, the African Women's Consultation on Darfur, which FAS convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 24th - 25th January, 2008 in conjunction with the 10th AU Summit.

The main goals of the Second Sudanese Women's Forum on Darfur are to Mainstream Gender and strengthen the consensus among them for a common agenda for peace and Sudanese women's voice of plight is heard.

The Second Forum will review the progress made so far in implementing the women's agenda and will facilitate dialogue, share information and best practice among the women from Sudan, wider Africa and international community. It will also adopt the Constitution and other legal documents to formalize the Forum and elect Steering Committee members and link it with African and other international women leaders. Mobilize the international press on the situation of women in Darfur.

The expected outcomes of the Second Forum are agenda for peace, unity, partnership and solidarity, among women of Sudan. Advocacy activities by women leaders at the AU,UN and other relevant institutions. Capacity building on UNSCR 1325. Structuring the Sudanese Women's Forum on Darfur and adopting Constitution and creating Public Awareness.

It is arranged that, Mary Robinson will lead a team to participate in a day of advocacy at the AU in Addis Ababa directly after the Forum; they will convey the messages of the Sudanese women to the leaders responsible for supporting peace in Darfur.


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