The contribution of women to Sudan’s transition is crucial to ensuring long-term peace, stability and development. In March 2020, the Transitional Government adopted its National Action Plan on women, peace and security, in line with the UN’s Resolution 1325, which reaffirms the important role of women in peace and security efforts. Earlier this year, the Cabinet also announced its priority to empower women in public affairs. Yet implementation of these commitments remains slow.
The Constitutional Charter provides for at least 40 percent representation of women in the transitional institutions, but there is currently only one woman in the fourteen member Sovereign Council, while only four out of twenty-six ministers in the Cabinet are female. In addition, Sudan’s commitment to eliminate gendered discrimination and to protect the rights of women, in particular through the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), have been undermined by Cabinet-imposed reservations, including on equal rights in marriage, divorce and parenting. This sets a worrying precedent for the rights and protection of women in the country.
At this event, panellists will reflect on the role of women in the implementation of peace in Sudan, and discuss how to increase the participation of women in political roles and other fields. They will also examine outstanding priorities for legal reform, the impact of gender-based discrimination and the need for action to secure the rights and safety of women in the country.
This event is part of a Chatham House Africa Programme project on International Support for Sudan’s Transition, supported by Humanity United.
ORGANIZER: Chatham House