As they fight to survive, women caught in Sudan’s conflict face hunger and depleting resources
The situation in Sudan is growing dire as the country grapples with another devastating conflict
What is happening in Sudan?
On 15th April 2023, violent conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces broke out in Khartoum, Sudan. The conflict’s outbreak has destabilised regions already recovering from war and political instability as the deadly clashes have spread throughout the country. In the midst of widespread death and fighting, women and girls are being abducted and raped by armed forces, with women refugees and the internally displaced being preyed on most.
Millions of Civilians Displaced
The United Nations estimates that the fighting has claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians and displaced 1.9 million in neighbouring countries like Chad, the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and South Sudan, where we have been working since 2006. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) trapped and seeking refuge within Sudan embark on a life-threatening journey to the states of Gezira and Gedaref.
Thousands of civilians caught in the crossfire, including women and children, are facing dehydration, hunger and health issues due to scarcity of water, food supplies, limited access to health care and electricity outages.
Meeting the needs of women survivors
Women for Women International’s Conflict Response Fund provides immediate support for women living through conflict around the world by partnering with and allocating resources to credible, on-the-ground organisations aligned with our mission.
To provide urgent support for internally displaced women in Sudan, we are identifying local partners on the ground, one of whom is Zenab Women for Development.
Through our partnership, the funds allocated to Zenab Women for Development will provide internally displaced women in Gezira and Gedaref with emergency kits containing food like rice, sugar, oil and flour, as well as essential items like soap and sanitary pads, to sustain their livelihood.
We have also partnered with the Sudanese Organisation for Research and Development, a local organisation dedicated to human rights and gender equality, to provide internally displaced women and girls with hygiene kits, flashlights and whistles. Through our partnership, we will provide trauma-informed counseling and document cases of gender-based violence.
subtitle: In 2018, we launched a new conflict response fund — a separate funding pool to more rapidly help women who are caught in the current horrors of our time. To reach women in their most critical moments, we work with partners who can respond to conflict and
In 2018, we launched a new conflict response fund — a separate funding pool to more rapidly help women who are caught in the current horrors of our time. To reach women in their most critical moments, we work with partners who can respond to conflict and make an immediate impact.
Learn more about the conflict-affected countries where we work around the world. Since our origins in Bosnia and Herzegovina, we have expanded and adapted our programmes to support 553,437 women living in some of the world’s most challenging environments.
When war and insecurity take hold, women bear the heaviest burden of violence, poverty and inequality. Learn more about why supporting women survivors of war is so important.