SORD - Women Claiming their Rights through Education
Development cooperation , 22.10.2017

SORD - Women Claiming their Rights through Education

Description

Sudanese women are faced with many challenges most of which are inherent to the very structural inequalities within the Sudanese society. Yet, leaning on a strong history of women movement and activism, and with a considerable support of international actors on human rights, and also with the growing conscious of the right-based development approach, the women movement in Sudan is currently addressing those challenges with courage and solidarity. It is very clear that Sudanese women have not yet able to enjoy the political and economic rights they strived for and gained since the 1970s. Participation of women in the public place is still far behind the desired goal of Sudanese women. According to our analysis, we believe that the discriminatory laws that prevail at the private place (mainly family, household and local communities) have contiuously crippled and chained women from being able to participate publically. SORD is a right based and gender focused membership civil society organization working for social justice, democracy and human rights in Sudan. SORD started a project targeting 500 illiterate women in Omdurman (Khartoum state) to erase their illiteracy by adopting a participatory right based curricula which is a slight modification to the international REFLECT methodology for adult education. That EU funded project ended in July 2014. The project helped in establishing 20 literacy classes for 511 women who completed 9 months of education. 70% of those women can read, write and know the basics of arithmetic. More important than that is the fact that those women are now literate about their rights in the areas of education, health, political participation, economic rights and family laws. This literacy is inherent in the contents of the syllabi themselves. The EU funding depends on call for proposals and the next call is not expected before 2015. Looking at the areas of work of the Finland embassy, especially the human rights and gender equality themes fit quite well with this project. The fact that this funding is a one year funding also make it logical to continue on an already going on initiative to ensure sustainability and impact.

Target country

Sudan

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Gender equality
  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Women’s equality organisations and institutions 60%
  • Democratic participation and civil society 30%
  • Human rights 10%

Type of aid

Project-type interventions

Special target group

  • women
  • girls
  • children
  • youth

Funding channel

Sudanese Organization for Research and Development

Contact

kai

Code for the object of funding

27805310

ID

UHA2015-001211

Modified

22.10.2017