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Khartoum, Sudan – The United Nations/African Union Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID) has tasked traditionally male-dominated communities to involve women in local administration, saying less than 1 percent of women are involved in such processes.
In a press statement here Wednesday, UNAMID said that in collaboration with the South Darfur State Ministry of Social Affairs, Culture and Information, it held a two-day workshop in Nyala, South Darfur, for 77 community leaders to discuss issues related to gender and how to increase the participation of women in the Native Administration.
He said that less than 1 per cent of the traditional leaders in South Darfur are women.
According to the statement, UNAMID’s Acting Head of Office in South Darfur, Harish Joshi, cited the provisions of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) which demands that special priorities be accorded to women in representations in the social, political and administrative spheres.
“Let’s keep up to the international and national expectations on empowering our sisters in Darfur,” he said.
The Governor of South Darfur, Maj.-Gen. Adam Mahmoud Jar-Alnabi, was quoted as pledging his Government’s support to women in all their constructive endeavours and expressed his regret over their suffering.
Saying that tribal clashes have produced many widows, he remarked that the social fabric of the Darfur community had been destroyed and needs urgent mending.
PANA recalls that UNAMID, in collaboration with the Office of the North Darfur State Governor’s Advisory on Woman and Children Affairs, had conducted a similar workshop in Fashir, North Darfur.