Over 160 local journalists, mainly female, have received training on how to enhance the role of women in peace making in trouble-ridden regions of Darfur, according to the AU-UN peace keeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID).
A UNAMID press statement Thursday said a series of workshops on women’s participation in the Darfur Peace Process were organized across Darfur by UNAMID.
“The workshops are aimed at enhancing the capacity to advocate on the importance of the role of women in the peace and political process in the region,' the press statement, received by PANA in Khartoum on Thursday, explained.
It said the workshops, which started on 29 January in Al Fashir, the capital of North Darfur, and concluded on 5 February in Zalingei, Central Darfur, focused on UN security council resolutions on women and, in particular, Resolution 1325.
“During the training, the journalists were able to exchange ideas on how they can unify their efforts to play an effective role in their communities to empower women in issues related to peace and security.” it explained
The release said, among the recommendations, the participants agreed that the media should highlight the concerns and experiences of various groups in the community, raise awareness on gender and women’s rights. Also, the members agreed that the media should reflect and advocate on the role of women in peace building and conflict resolution.
The release stressed that as part of its mandate, UNAMID was working on issues related to women, peace and security, which are guided by a number of UN Security Council resolutions to protect and promote women’s rights, create an enabling environment in Darfur for the promotion of gender justice, respond to and mitigate gender-based violence and enhance women’s participation in the peace process and decision-making.
Since 2008, the Mission has undertaken more than 240 capacity building trainings intended to raise awareness on issues related to gender-equality targeting the most effective groups from the local community to serve as agents to further spread the message.