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Sudanese women urge fair and peaceful referendum

Sudanese Women Empowerment for Peace (SuWEP)

http://www.suwepmovement.org/

THE STATEMENT FROM SuWEP WOMEN MEETING ON THE CONFERENCE UNDER THE THEME: “SUDANESE WOMEN VISION OF THE REFERENDUM SCENARIOS”

PREAMBLE

We members of SuWEP from both sectors North & South met at Afhad University for Women in Khartoum during the period from 12th to 13th of December, 2010 to discuss issues that affects women in the pre’ during and post referendum periods.

AWARE of the gains women of the Sudan have made during the last post conflict (CPA) period;

MINDFUL of the women issues and rights in the current political set up and structures of administration in the Sudan;

CONCERNED of the current political dispensation and the imminent transition affecting the geo-political set up of the Sudan;

DEEPLY CONCERNED about the challenges women of the Sudan are and will face in the wake of the changes about to occur;

CONSCIOUS of the sensitivity and the nature of the issues that are affecting the women on citizenship and rights of the women;

CONCERNED about the impact of and the consequences of the transition and the possible new political arrangements in the Sudan;

AWARE of the roles we as women of SUWEP played in the peace processes in the Sudan;

PURSUANT of our commitment and search as SUWEP for peace and peaceful co-existence irrespective of the outcome of the referendum;

DO HEREBY:

Urge both governments to ensure fair, free, transparent and secure conduct of the referendum and stop any acts of violence during the processes
Call upon the Sudan Referendum Commission to ensure a smooth, nonviolent fair and transparent and properly managed process.

Urge both governments to address all issues related to the referendum itself such as resources, citizenship, education and borders.

Appeal to the parties concerned to respect the outcome of the referendum, embrace peace and resist any call to return to war.

Call for formation of post referendum governance structures that are democratic, inclusive, and participatory and promote respect for human rights especially women’s and children’s rights

Appeal to both governments in the North and the South to implement policies and strategies that will address issues of injustice, poverty and marginalization and the full attainment of the Millennium Development Goals

Urge the two governments to develop the Countries’ plan of action to implement UNSCR 1325, 1820 on Women, Peace and Security to ensure the Protection, Promotion Prevention and Participation of women.