Prioritising the Voices of Women for Peacebuilding in Sudan

Since April 2023, two armed rival factions, the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces, have been fighting for control of Sudan and the country’s resources. The conflict has claimed over 13,000 lives and injured about 26,000, as of January 2024. 

According to the United Nations (UN), this conflict has displaced about nine million within the country. Apart from internal displacement, there is economic instability and a collapse of essential services, which affects women and girls disproportionately.

Reports of gender-based violence are on the rise, with many instances of sexual assault, forced marriages, and other forms of abuse against women and girls in captivity. The African Union (AU) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) must intervene and initiate peace talks in Sudan as quickly as possible, despite Sudan being suspended from the AU following a military coup in 2021. 

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