Young Women Leadership

Young Women Leadership

Gesr Center started implementing the Young Women Leaders Project in 2015 with the objective of benefiting from UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security by ensuring the effective participation of women at all leadership levels.

Project objectives:

  • Foster the spirit of respect and cooperation among generations of women leaders in political parties, civil society and the private sector to work on common issues.
  • Strengthen the leadership capacities of the participants.
  • Conduct research on policies and political programs of organizations, parties and the private sector to appreciate the knowledge frameworks of the target bodies.
  • Advocate and ensure an active participation of young women and integrate their voices in the development and implementation of fair policies towards women, including the national plan draft for the implementation of resolution 1325.

Project funding:

This project has been funded by ICCO for a period of 3 years and is being implemented by four local entities. Which are Gesr Center for Development, Sudan Organization for Research and Development (SORD) as an implementer for Capacity Building, Gender Unit at Development Studies and Research Institute (DSRI) – University of Khartoum, Regional Institute of Gender and Diversity, Peace and Rights (RIGDPR) at Ahfad University for Women as an implementer of the development of respect and cooperation among women leaders.

Capacity building component

During the project period, the institutions involved in the training worked on:

  • Training of young women leaders in different fields, including Civic Education, Human Rights principles, international conventions on women particularly the UN resolution 1325, the concept of citizenship, the role of women in Peace building, Management and Leadership, Gender, Democracy, Social Justice, Sustainable Development and Civic upbringing.
  • Training of young women leaders to acquire different skills including critical thinking, dialogue management, debate management, conflict management, community mobilization, employment of media and alternative media, teamwork, time management, prioritization, negotiation skills, proposal writing and fund-raising.
  • Training materials are designed based on topical flow/ interaction between different subjects and the principle of grass-roots participation.
  • Participants are offered opportunities to apply knowledge and skills acquired during the training period by creating small projects to reflect their expertise.

Training Strategy:

  1. Bolstering Participants Knowledge by:
  • Selected aspects of Sudan’s history and geography so as to underlie the training program, by referring to the Constitution, conflicts, communities and different cultures through qualitative analysis.
  • A critical reading of the history of Sudanese feminist movements.
  • Resolution 1325.
  • Sudan’s plan as regards Resolution 1325 – among others.
  • Challenges and opportunities for Sudanese women.
  • The Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women Convention and the African Union Protocol on Human Rights and Women’s Rights.
  • Key concepts such as gender, feminism, development, globalization, peace and security, empowerment – among others.
  • Models from neighbouring countries for gender, leadership, women, peace and security.
  • Case studies of leading historical and contemporary feminist models (with participation from women leaders).
  1. Capacity building and skills:
  • Introducing ourselves and our identity (who we are)
  • Identifying hobbies/passions.
  • Reviewing/defining of goals, visions and strategies.
  • Empowering others and ourselves.
  • Listening and active participation.
  • Networking with others, at local, national, regional and global levels.
  • Diversity and equal opportunities.
  • Leadership, meaning/ethics of women’s leadership.
  • Peace building and conflict resolution.
  1. Skills development:
  • Different writing skills.
  • Speech and presentation skills.
  • Convening of meetings/discussions.
  • Use of alternative media/information technology.

Project Phases:

  • A practical research was carried out to acquaint with organizations and target groups. An independent research team and an academic expert committee assisted this.
  • Based on the results of the operational research, candidates were selected by the stakeholders.
  • Sixty participants were impartially selected to comprehensively represent all parties, including political parties, civil society, private sector, and cooperative societies.
  • All participants were trained on knowledge and skills in various subjects by a distinguished group of CSOs experts and university professors.
  • The purpose of the practical training was to assist participants reflect experiences and skills obtained in the previous period and to develop their skills and practical experience.
  • Internal visits to some states of Sudan and external visits to share experiences and new knowledge.
  • some activities pictures “

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