WHO WE ARE
Darfur Women Action Group (DWAG) is a women-led anti-atrocities nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status, founded in 2009 by a Darfuri genocide survivor to amplify the voices and empower the affected communities and to provide a platform for interested stakeholders to work on advancing its unique goals.
DWAG envisions a world where justice for all, equal rights and the respect for human dignity is the primordial ethic.
DWAG works on empowering victims and survivors of the Darfur genocide, both in Sudan and in the Diaspora. It does this by providing them with access to tools that will enable them to combat violence, address massive human rights abuses in their societies, and work with others to prevent future atrocities while promoting global peace.
DWAG is taking a unique approach to fighting and preventing genocide by:
- Advocating for protection of civilians, accountability for crimes committed and permanent settlement of the crises in Darfur and Sudan at large.
- Maintaining international communities’ attention on the situation in Darfur.
- Providing elementary level education for the children living in camps.
- Providing skills training, trauma counseling and psychosocial support for women survivors of sexual violence at our Women Empowerment Centers.
- Promoting leadership building among women at the grassroots level.
- Capacity building and institutional capacity building for civil society organization from the affected communities on the ground in Darfur and within the diaspora.
- Collaborate and provide support for human rights defenders to ensure proper documentation.
BACKGROUND ON DARFUR
In 2002, the government of Sudan began a genocidal campaign against indigenous Africans in Darfur. Using militias, they killed innocent people, burned villages, looted properties, and destroyed food and water. Rape is used as a weapon of war and a method of terror against women, resulting in countless women and girls falling victim to sexual violence, left to suffer in silence due to the associated stigma. Over 300,000 civilians had been killed. Over 4 million have been impacted and over 3 million are still living in camps today, subject to constant attacks after 16 years and sadly, they have nowhere to return to today. The situation has been declared as genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) indicted former President al-Bashir for genocide in Darfur. In retaliation, he expelled the most effective humanitarian aid agencies, restricted access to the needy, and used starvation to kill more people. Countless men, women, and children have lost their lives while the living continue to endure unimaginable suffering. While for years violence in Darfur remains alarmingly high, world leaders have remained silent and have not acted to stop the genocide and Darfur is no longer in the news today. The government of Sudan has successfully isolated Darfur from the rest of the world, decreasing international concern, and reducing the sense of urgency, allowing the genocide to continue.
Former President al-Bashir of Sudan and four leaders from his regime are wanted by the ICC for the world’s worst crimes – genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity – committed in Darfur. They remained in power because of support by some superpowers. For years, the United States was seeking to normalize relations and the European Union initiated collaboration and cut an anti-immigration deal that gave money to the indicted war criminals. al-Bashir became emboldened and continued his genocidal policies by killing and starving his own people across Sudan.
In December 2018, Sudanese were mobilized in masses and took to the streets in an unprecedented uprising demanding the ouster of al-Bashir. On April 11, 2019, Bashir was forced out of power and, regrettably, another military general took power using similar forces to quell protests in Khartoum by ordering soldiers to shoot protesters. This resulted in 2 massacres, one in Khartoum on June 3rd that killed over 150 people in one night, and another massacre parallelly took place in Darfur, where 100 homes were burned, 15 people were killed, over 100 have been wounded, and dozens of women were raped. Sadly, the world has done nothing to hold the criminals accountable.
Recently, negotiations were held in Addis Ababa, and an agreement has been reached between the ruling military council and pro-democracy protesters. Guess what? Instead of securing a civilian government as demanded by the people of Sudan, the agreement has granted the military the upper hand and full control over the interim government, leaving the issue of Darfur unresolved. On top of that, the generals who have committed genocide, have gained a new form of legitimacy to control the government. We fear, that this new arrangement will give them the power to wipeout the remaining victims in Darfur and the genocide will be fully completed.
When the world turned a blind eye, we at DWAG said no to the silent conspiracy against the Darfur genocide and decided to stand firm and make our voice louder in demanding accountability, protection, and peace. But we can’t do it alone.
That is why we need you. Your voice and support. With your help, we can protect the victims and pressure the international community into meeting their obligation in bringing the perpetrators to justice through trial. Otherwise, the people of Darfur will be totally erased from the ground.
Will you help?
About Our Work
Through your support, we offer services to refugees in internally displaced camps, educate the public about the current situation in Darfur and hold our leaders accountable.