On 25 January 2016, UNAMID Communications and Public Information Section (CPIS), in partnership with the Centre for Women Development and Peacebuilding, Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) and the Ministry of Social Affairs, North Darfur, organized a four-day workshop under the theme: Darfur Women, Talk Peace. More than a hundred women from Tawila, Darelsalam, Kalmindo, Malit and El Fasher rural area, participated in the workshop which included training on income generating projects.
Addressing the participants, the Deputy Commissioner for North Darfur state, Suad El Zain, stressed the key role of women in peacebuilding. 'We, as women, need to participate in any development activity. We should do our utmost to achieve and maintain peace in our localities," she said. Ms. El Zain further encouraged women to be actively involved in socio-economic and political development activities in their communities so that they can be part of decision making on issues that affect their lives.
The Minister of Social Affairs, Darfur Regional Authority, Mohammed Abdellah, commended organizers for convening the workshop which focused on building capacity of women in North Darfur. "This is very good work. Consider my Ministry a genuine partner in such endeavours, especially with the Centre for Women Development and Peacebuilding. The people of Darfur want peace and development and these workshops promote such attributes," he added.
Speaking on behalf of UNAMID CPIS, Musi Khumalo, highlighted the critical role women play in peacebuilding within societies. "When you train a woman, you not only train her for the benefit of her family but for the benefit of the whole village," she said. She urged women to use the knowledge gained from the workshop to improve the quality of their families' lives and their region. Ms. Khumalo also stated CPIS readiness to support such productive workshops.
At the end of the Workshop, each participant was presented with a food processor to help them prepare food for their families and for sale.
Concurrent with the workshop, a volleyball tournament was held comprising teams from El Fasher and the surrounding villages and the winning teams were awarded with trophies and medals.