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  Through roundtables capacity building workshops and seminars for women across Sudan UN Women Sudan empowers young women to learn skills in building alliances and participating in political processes The October 25 2021 coup in Sudan was a setback to achieving the goals set during its transition period To facilitate a solution to this political crisis the trilateral mechanism was formed made up of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan UNITAMS the African Union AU Commission and the Secretariat of the Authority Intergovernmental Organization for Development IGAD Prior to the trilateral formation UNITAMS launched a consultative process with a wide range of Sudanese stakeholders with the aim of addressing the political impasse and developing a path towards democracy and peace The consultations involved more than 800 participants a third of whom were women The consultations found that there was less than the 40 percent minimum achievement of women s participation and representation during the transition period Many participants advocated reinstating the minimum 40 percent quota at all levels within all decision making bodies and institutions To ensure a coordinated UN response to support women who play a key role in the political arena UN Women UNITAMS and UNDP are implementing a project The project includes round tables capacity building workshops and seminars for women from across Sudan to discuss alliance building and organizing I think that being part of the training workshops and round table is one of the best experiences I have had despite my lack of experience in the public sphere and political work since I was only interested in child protection issues and Gender Violence But by participating in these workshops I learned the skills of managing dialogue negotiations and interventions that can respond to the current political situation I also realized that women could do anything says Fawzia of Blue Nile State who participated in the Women s Leadership and Joint Action in Times of Transition roundtable Through a consultative process with Sudanese women and organizations the project supported young Sudanese women and activists to establish a Women s Rights Support Group WRSG which was considered part of the formal groups of Sudanese political actors involved in the political process and was recognized by the trilateral mechanism UNITAMS AU and IGAD The UNITAMS consultation report shows that the percentage of political participation of women did not exceed 15 percent With the efforts of WRSG this percentage increased from 15 percent to 33 percent Other significant results were achieved with more than 60 young women trained and two round tables held in addition to giving a series of seminars to share similar experiences from Ethiopia and Colombia Reham from Khartoum state participated in the seminar The role of women in influencing the peace process in Colombia The seminar was a live experience We had the opportunity to learn about the Colombian experience which is very similar to the Sudanese one This experience has brought us together and given us hope that political stability can be achieved it just takes time Colombia achieved security reforms in 6 years and they had a single movement with only one arm In Sudan we have more than 83 armed forces With that knowledge women can work to be present in the decision making process to ensure the achievement of sustainable comprehensive peace in Sudan she said
United Nation (UN) Women Sudan supports the participation of young women in the political process

1 Through roundtables, capacity-building workshops and seminars for women across Sudan, UN Women Sudan empowers young women to learn skills in building alliances and participating in political processes.

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2 The October 25, 2021 coup in Sudan was a setback to achieving the goals set during its transition period.

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3 To facilitate a solution to this political crisis, the trilateral mechanism was formed, made up of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), the African Union (AU) Commission and the Secretariat of the Authority Intergovernmental Organization for Development (IGAD).

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4 Prior to the trilateral formation, UNITAMS launched a consultative process with a wide range of Sudanese stakeholders with the aim of addressing the political impasse and developing a path towards democracy and peace.

5 The consultations involved more than 800 participants, a third of whom were women.

6 The consultations found that there was less than the 40 percent minimum achievement of women’s participation and representation during the transition period.

7 Many participants advocated reinstating the minimum 40 percent quota at all levels within all decision-making bodies and institutions.

8 To ensure a coordinated UN response to support women who play a key role in the political arena, UN Women, UNITAMS and UNDP are implementing a project.

9 The project includes round tables, capacity building workshops and seminars for women from across Sudan to discuss alliance building and organizing.

10 “I think that being part of the training workshops and round table is one of the best experiences I have had, despite my lack of experience in the public sphere and political work, since I was only interested in child protection issues and Gender Violence.

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12 But by participating in these workshops, I learned the skills of managing dialogue, negotiations and interventions that can respond to the current political situation.

13 I also realized that women could do anything,” says Fawzia of Blue Nile State, who participated in the “Women’s Leadership and Joint Action in Times of Transition” roundtable.

14 Through a consultative process with Sudanese women and organizations, the project supported young Sudanese women and activists to establish a Women’s Rights Support Group (WRSG) which was considered part of the formal groups of Sudanese political actors involved in the political process and was recognized by the trilateral mechanism, UNITAMS, AU and IGAD.

15 The UNITAMS consultation report shows that the percentage of political participation of women did not exceed 15 percent.

16 With the efforts of WRSG, this percentage increased from 15 percent to 33 percent.

17 Other significant results were achieved with more than 60 young women trained and two round tables held, in addition to giving a series of seminars to share similar experiences from Ethiopia and Colombia.

18 Reham from Khartoum state participated in the seminar; ‘The role of women in influencing the peace process in Colombia’.

19 “The seminar was a live experience.

20 We had the opportunity to learn about the Colombian experience, which is very similar to the Sudanese one.

21 This experience has brought us together and given us hope that political stability can be achieved, it just takes time.

22 Colombia achieved security reforms in 6 years, and they had a single movement with only one arm.

23 In Sudan we have more than 83 armed forces.

24 With that knowledge, women can work to be present in the decision-making process to ensure the achievement of sustainable comprehensive peace in Sudan,” she said.

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