Representatives of women’s rights groups and initiatives met today, Thursday, with the head of the UNITAMS mission in Sudan, Volker Perthes, at the headquarters of the mission in Khartoum.
Khartoum – Altaghyeer
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Head of the United Nations Integrated Mission to Support the Transition in Sudan (UNITAMS), Perthes, asserted the mission’s support for the agenda and issues of women, as well as the implementation of the constitutional charter and the Juba peace agreement.
The meeting comprised representatives of groups and initiatives concerned with women’s rights. Also, it was attended by representatives from various UN agencies, UNDP, UNISCO and UN WOMEN.
Presided by the head of UNITAMS, and the mission’s gender advisor, Christine Shaheen, the meeting was considered one of the first and most important meetings, according to statements by Christina Shaheen, in the preparatory meeting held yesterday, Wednesday, at the United Nations for Women, during which she confirmed that she will work closely with the head of mission to achieve women’s agenda.
Women participants presented thematic papers displaying challenges they face and including demands. They also explained their experiences and talked about the difficulties that women in the countryside, war zones and refugee camps encounter, even after the revolution and during the transitional government.
After listening to the women’s issues and demands, Perthes shared the experience of his country, Germany, and cited example of Angela Merkel’s experience and how her position in government increased women’s participation in governance structures and decision-making positions.
He also made a note about the provision of 40% representation for women in governance structures, emphasizing that representation should be effective and not just sheer representation.
Perthes concludes the meeting by announcing that he will start a tour around the country starting by visiting Port Sudan and Kassala, and that he would also visit Darfur region.