Women are not simply victims, despite the magnitude of the cress Darfur Women have demonstrated an extraordinary resilience and strength. However, these have not been reinforced by actors and stakeholders working to resolve the conflict. We are aiming to utilize the power and the strength of women and reinforce it with education, skills upgrading and learning and sharing to maximize their effort in combating genocide in Darfur and elsewhere.
Why Darfuri Women?
The conflict in Darfur is deeply rooted in its political, economic, and social marginalization. In the current genocide in Darfur, women remain the most affected as rape is being used as a weapon of war, women and girls have endured all kinds of brutality and horror but yet they still remain the keeper's of their family and important partners in society, carrying up the torch of hope and enlightening the path for peace. Currently women and children make up about 80% of those who live in the internally displaced and refugee camps. However, they continue to be the least involved in finding sustainable solutions. In order to bring an end to the crises in Darfur, it is imperative that we involve those who are historically excluded, women are crucial socially, culturally, economically and in all the other aspects of the Sudanese life, so it is crucial that they too have a hand in what that life should be. We believe ending genocide and restoring communities will not be possible without lifting the voice of those most affected and empowering them to regain their confidence while giving them the tools necessary to rebuild their lives and be productive citizens wherever they are, whether in exile or in Darfur.
In the diaspora, Darfuri refugees’ women are very isolated and face numerous challenges
at integrating themselves into their new society. Therefore DWAG's plan is to also work with the Darfur women in the United States to overcome their challenges and build their capacity to be able to contribute to their society in the US and support their counterparts who are still suffering in Darfur/ Sudan to enable them to be active participants in the rebuilding of their society when peace comes.