The project “Strengthening the Political and Peacebuilding Role of Women in Sudan’s Transition” was implemented by Search for Common Ground (Search) in partnership with the Human Rights Initiative (MAMAN), Badya Centre for Integrated Development Services (Badya), and Um Serdiba Association for Development (Um Serdiba).
This initiative aimed to address Sudan’s enduring political instability and women’s rights challenges. It specifically focused on empowering women, with a particular emphasis on young leaders, enabling their active participation in peace, security, and political processes in regions grappling with conflict, including South and West Kordofan, Gedarif, and Khartoum states.
The project effectively fostered collaboration among both young and experienced women, engaging them in peace and security initiatives while facilitating their interaction with male champions. Despite women gaining representation in decision-making arenas, challenges emerged in translating their presence into substantial influence. The evaluation has generated essential recommendations:
- Providing capacity development to partner organizations, including support for newer, youth-led groups
- Encouraging informal gatherings to foster personal connections among women from diverse backgrounds.
- Incorporating social media engagement, including partnerships with influencers, in future projects to reach communities reliant on social media for news and information.
- Combining economic empowerment activities with political empowerment efforts to enable women to contribute to community initiatives and stabilize their financial situations.