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Sustainable Growth is Always Mutual

I have heard it said, many times, that we should “place ourselves in the shoes of someone else” to understand others better. My experiences so far have made me question if this really is a good idea.

A flame of hope burns on

“The Arab Spring” is a term that has been used extensively in the media in recent years. That it would only take one spring season to democratise Egypt and secure the rights of women is of course unrealistic, it takes more than that. “There is a long and laborious work ahead of us if we are to see an improvement in women’s rights,” says one of the many women we met in Cairo last week.

Towards inclusive security in South Sudan

Earlier this month Operation 1325 organised a workshop in Juba, South Sudan, on implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in Security Sector Reform (SSR) processes. For the workshop sessions Operation 1325, with sponsorship from the Folke Bernadotte Academy, brought in international SSR expert, Dr. Anthony Cleland Welch. One of the most vital things for SSR to work is that it has to be owned locally, Welch writes.

A Tribute to Sudanese Women

I came to Sudan two and a half months ago as part of my Masters Program in Migration and Intercultural Relations. The later, being affiliated with Ahfad University for Women – yes, there is such a thing as a women’s university in Sudan, gave me the opportunity to pursue an internship in this fascinating country.  Hence, I found myself with the “Nuba Women for Education and Development Association (NuWEDA)” and in the middle of women’s peace and development work.

A network full of creativity and courage

In a heat of almost 40° Celsius and in a room without air condition we gathered, women from a number of civil society organisations and I (Emmicki Roos), in Khartoum to engage in a workshop concerning the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The meetings that took place last week were organised by Operation 1325, focusing on what should be included in a Sudanese national action plan for 1325, how to conduct advocacy around the issue and how the implementation of the resolution best can be monitored.