Christine Shahine, a United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) official, said that it is important for women to take part in the negotiations for peace.
Shahine pointed out that women’s participation comes according to legal rights pertaining to their participation in negotiations and protection in conflict zones, as well as participation in the overseeing of security arrangements implementations and the post-war construction process in conflict areas.
The UNITAMS’ gender officer met on Monday a group consisting of representatives from civil society, political parties and parties involved with the peace process.
Shahine explained that the feminist agenda, which was signed by feminist groups representing 26 different bodies, expresses female demands for the upcoming democratic period.
She also explained that the UNITAMS has been championing women-centric causes in the Juba negotiations, and observing the handling of these causes inside the negotiation room, pointing out that it is a continuous duty that the mission will seek to support through various means.
The UN official acknowledged the women’s tenacity in raising their causes of concern to the officials overseeing the peace process; a matter which aid women in guaranteeing their demands are met.