13 February 2016

Sudan: Unamid Gender Advisory Unit Organizes a Workshop

press release

UNAMID Gender Advisory Unit, in collaboration with the Centre for Peace Development and Human Rights in El fasher, north Darfur on 9 February, organized a one-day workshop under the theme: "Establishment of a youth network for combating violence against women in North Darfur state".

The workshop attracted twenty six students, who included fourteen students from the Faculty of Medicine, University of El Fasher and youth volunteers from various parts of north Darfur.

In her presentation, Gender Advisory Officer in sector North, Ms. Sudha Uprety, said that UNAMID is very happy that the Youth Network has finally been established in the state. "This is a plausible development for the state and its youth. We aim to introduce this type of network to other youth groups working on Sexual and Gender Based Violence in different parts of Darfur," she added.

In her keynote address, the Director of Centre for Peace Development and Human Rights, Dr. Jihad Dinar, stressed the importance of establishing a network for combating violence against women especially with the participation of male youth, who are constantly accused of violating women's rights.

She promised to give her full support to the newly formed network. "It is good that UNAMID has set up this network but it will be better, if not the best, for UNAMID to continue its support and to do follow up on activities of the Network" she added.

Presentations were also made on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security focusing on the 4 pillars: protection, participation, prevention and relief or recovery, including the danger of drugs on youth.

A Workshop participant, Mr. Faisal Abdelrhman Ahmed, said appreciated the conduct of the workshop, saying it was not only timely but important. "I have learnt many things including the rights of women, curbing violence against women and knowledge on SGBV (Sexual Gender Based Violence). I will do my best to inform, educate and communicate all what I have gained from this workshop to my community," he said.

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