Weaving a Web of Protection for Women and Girls in Darfur, Sudan

submitted by Wise Women Will Save the World on 10/23/14 1

Learn more: www.uusc.org/darfur UUSC fully supports the development of a viable and inclusive peace process in Darfur that will lead to sustainable peace. At the same time, we are deeply concerned by the protection crisis facing Darfurian women and girls, who continue to use all the resources they can find to protect themselves and their families. We believe it is imperative to find new and creative ways to protect women and girls from the violence that they face as they go about their daily lives. The protection of women and girls in Darfur cannot wait for an end to the war. In Darfur, UUSC is working to weave a web of protection for women and girls in refugee and IDP camps. Practical, straightforward measures can make a real difference to their security. UUSC is working with our consultants and partners on the ground to: * Implement viable income-generation projects for displaced women inside camps so that they have do not have to leave the camps to earn money to sustain their families; * Work with women and agencies to identify and implement ways to reduce the need for firewood and, therefore, women's need to leave the camps to seek it; * Rebuild women's centers in the camps and provide leadership and organizational training to women so that they can make their voices heard by camp leadership; * Collaborate to provide human-rights and women's-rights training to individuals in various levels of authority in the camps so they understand the particular vulnerabilities of women and girls; * Coordinate efforts among different agencies to improve protection for women leaving their camps to search for firewood and other resources.

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