Sudan: UNAMID, IDPs celebrate International Women’s Day

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Marking the International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on 8 March, hundreds of women, men and children, internally-displaced persons, the United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), other UN agencies and non-governmental organizations took part in the festivities which began with a solidarity march through Fashir town, North Darfur state of Western Sudan.

According to a UNAMID press release, the women and children braved the situation in their region and came out to celebrate the event, under the theme “Empowering women, empowering community”.

The press statement, received by PANA here, said UNAMID, in collaboration with the North Darfur State’s Committee for Resolution 1325 on Women, and the Practical Action Organization celebrated the event Sunday.

It said “hundreds of women, men and children, including internally-displaced persons, UN agencies and the NGOs took part in the festivities, featuring drama performances and songs.

“We are very blessed to celebrate this day as women have long struggled to get their legitimate rights in executive, constitutional and legislative bodies,” said Ms. Halima Boush, North Darfur State Governor’s Advisor on Women and Children’s Affairs, was quoted as saying Monday.

“We support women’s empowerment and as we celebrate International Women’s Day in El Fashir, we support women’s rights across Darfur. Women and men are equal,” added Mr. Eissa Abdalla, Commissioner, Fashir.

The release said, addressing the gathering, UNAMID’s Acting Joint Special Representative (AJSR), Abiodun Bashua, conveyed the UN Secretary-General’s message on the occasion.

“The world must come together in response to the targeting of women and girls by violent extremists...We need to change mind-sets, especially among men, and engage them in becoming active change-agents themselves. And we must back up our resolve with resources based on the sure understanding that investments in gender equality generate economic progress, social and political inclusion and other benefits that, in turn, foster stability and human dignity,” said Bashua on behalf of the Secretary General.  
Similar events organized by the Mission, in collaboration with local authorities and UN agencies, took place in Nyala, South Darfur, Zalingei, Central Darfur, and Genaina, West Darfur.
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09 march 2015 16:40:17

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