Gender-based violence focus of Tine workshop
TINE – The importance of combatting gender-based violence was highlighted at a joint Ministry of Social Affairs-UNAMID workshop in Tine locality, North Darfur.
Around 100 people took part in the one-day training on 26 March, including representatives of the Natives Administration, midwifes, teachers, housewives and youth. Participants focused on combating gender-based violence and the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security.
Participants highlighted issues such as safety and security, and access to medical facilities, along with the need for a women's centre, training opportunities and income generation projects at the local level. They agreed on the need to establish a women’s protection network in the locality.
Laila Abd Elwahab, a representative of the Ministry of Social Affairs, said that the Ministry is supporting initiatives to provide agricultural equipment to women in Darfur and women in Tine to be involved.
Omer Mansour Dausa, Commissioner of Tine locality, highlighted the important role that women play in their families and communities. Mr. Dausa urged Darfuri women to actively participate in the development and sustainability of peace. He expressed his readiness to continue working in partnership with UNAMID.
Emmanuel Ayamba, Commander of UNAMID’s Tine Team Site, told participants that gender perspectives must be fully integrated into Darfur society. He urged community leaders to ensure that public consultations include women’s groups and women’s networks, and that women are fully involved in peace negotiations.
“There is a need for leaders to intensify efforts to promote the participation of women in all activities,” said Mr. Ayamba.
The event was part of global activities to mark International Women`s Day, celebrated earlier in March, and was also associated with the Darfur Women Talking Peace Campaign, which runs under the theme “Women’s Empowerment in the Changing World of Work”.