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Why have women been excluded from peace-building in Sudan? | theguardian.com

by Awadiya Ahmed Yahia

Voters turn out in large numbers in Juba, capital of South Sudan, on the first day of polling in the South's long-awaited self-determination referendum. Many voters slept at polling stations in order to be one of the first to cast ballots in the plebiscite which will determine whether Sudan remains united or Southern Sudan secedes to form a new country. Photo ID 460567. 09/01/2011. Juba, Sudan. (UN Photo/Tim McKulka. www.unmultimedia.org/photo)

Voters turn out in large numbers in Juba, capital of South Sudan, on the first day of polling in the South’s long-awaited self-determination referendum. Many voters slept at polling stations in order to be one of the first to cast ballots in the plebiscite which will determine whether Sudan remains united or Southern Sudan secedes to form a new country.
Photo ID 460567. 09/01/2011. Juba, Sudan. (UN Photo/Tim McKulka. www.unmultimedia.org/photo)

The 22-year-conflict in Sudan, which consumed so much of the country’s resources, ended with the secession of South Sudan to become an independent country in 2011, and the fighting played a major role in hindering women’s empowerment in Sudan.

Given the importance of empowering women in the country, the UN Development Programme hopes to emphasise gender equality throughout its activities and is helping its national partners to identify and implement a sound strategy in order to promote gender equality and development in Sudan. As in any other society, women’s educational and socioeconomic status is expected to positively influence their participation in peace processes and the renovation of peace-building.

For more on this story, visit: Why have women been excluded from peace-building in Sudan? | Awadiya Ahmed Yahia | Global development | theguardian.com.

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