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KHARTOUM, Sudan (Sudanow)- The African Union - United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), has organized a number of open days involving women in five Darfur states focusing on UN Security Council resolution on women, peace and security.
The event which were organized in collaboration with local state Ministries of Social Affairs and the Governor Advisors on Women and Children in the five Darfur states, dealt with on the role of women’s civil society organizations in contributing to the prevention and resolution of armed conflict and in peace building, according to a statement by the UN African Union peace mission in Darfur (UNAMID).
"The events focused on the role of women’s civil society organizations in contributing to the prevention and resolution of armed conflict and in peace building. The participants reviewed recommendations and achievements made in the implementation of Resolution 1325 in the region. "The release explained.
It explained that the Darfur Open Days brought together women representatives from civil society groups, non-governmental organizations, and internally displaced persons, as well as local authorities and UNAMID officials.
UNAMID Deputy Joint Special Representative Mohamed B. Yonis noted the role women’s organizations play in contributing to the peace process and fostering confidence between communities.
“In Darfur, much progress has been made but more remains to be done. There is a need to support and promote the efforts of women in peace making and peace building,” Mr. Yonis, was quoted as saying adding that to build a society that is vibrant and viable it is essential to give equal opportunities to all.
The head of UNAMID’s Gender Advisory Unit, Ms. Yegerawork Angagaw, explained that the events have provided an opportunity for women to assume full ownership of UNSCR 1325 and cement their commitment in ensuring its implementation.
The Deputy Governor of North Darfur, Mr. Alfateh Abdulaziz, expressed continuous support to facilitate efforts by women’s groups in Darfur adding that the Government will adopt the outcome of the deliberations and work with UNAMID to implement the Resolution.
The participants identified the progress made so far and the impact of the Resolution on their daily lives in the key areas of protection, participation in the peace process, women’s rights and socio-economic empowerment. They also made recommendations to enhance the implementation of the Resolution, including the need to reach out to women in rural areas and sensitize them on gender-related issues and on their role in the prevention and resolution of conflict in their communities.
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