Advocating for Women’s Rights and Sudan’s Democratic Future
Nuba Women for Education and Development Association, 2020 Democracy Award Winner
The Nuba Women for Education and Development Association (NuWEDA) supports the women of Sudan to engage in peace processes and activism on local and national issues related to women’s rights. Now during a time of change in the country, NuWEDA focuses on advancing a national women’s agenda, passing legal reforms to protect women’s rights, and identifying and training women to serve in the transitional national assembly.
“What is keeping me [going] is the situation of the women I'm seeing, who are coming from the Nuba Mountains, coming from Darfur, coming from Blue Nile, coming even from some areas within the middle of Sudan, who have no education, whom they feel they have no role at all,” says Kamilia Kura, president of NuWEDA. “So I saw that I have a role, I have to do something for my community and especially the women.”
The Nuba Mountains is a historically-marginalized region in Sudan that has endured multiple conflicts, in addition to ethnic cleansing, aerial bombardments, and denial of humanitarian aid. Founded in 2002 to improve the welfare of these communities, NuWEDA promotes the active political participation of Nuban women and girls, and helps them gain access to education, healthcare and jobs skills. The organization campaigns against sexual and gender-based violence and for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women in Sudan, and leads advocacy efforts for women’s inclusion in the resolution of Sudan’s many conflicts.
“The whole community was out for the revolution but women, we were really behind it very strongly, and they were even leading in the revolution.” explained Ms. Kura. “And I was so happy to see that what we have been struggling to do for a long time, it is now that we are seeing it happening in front of us.
Kamilia Ibrahim Kuku Kura
2020 Democracy Award Recipients
Darfur Bar Association (DBA)
Darfur Bar Association (DBA) supports marginalized people to advocate for their rights and provided legal assistance to vulnerable activists before and during the protests. The DBA provides legal assistance to Darfuri and other human rights activists targeted by the Sudanese government because of their ethnic identity or advocacy for human rights and democracy.
Nuba Women for Education and Development Association (NuWEDA)
Nuba Women for Education and Development Association (NuWEDA) trains women activists to engage in peace processes and activism on local issues and national respect for women’s rights. It is currently working to advance a national women’s agenda, pass legal reforms to protect women’s rights, and identify and train women to serve in the transitional national assembly.
Regional Centre for Development and Training (RCDCS)
Regional Centre for Development and Training of Civil Society (RCDCS) trained hundreds of youth across the country on democracy, activism, and local engagement. The Centre’s overall aim is to strengthen and empower youth and civil society organizations to play a more effective role in achieving peace, democracy, and sustainable development in Sudan.