MADRE Encourages Peace in Aftermath of Sudan Split
Posted on: Friday, July 8, 2011
On Saturday, six months after a historic Sudanese referendum vote, South Sudan will officially break from the North to become an independent state. The secession marks the latest development in a peace process negotiated to end a brutal decades-long civil war between the north and south.
MADRE’s Sudanese partner organization, Zenab for Women in Development, worked tirelessly for months leading up to the referendum to raise public awareness about the need for a peaceful and effective voting process. They facilitated voter education workshops that encouraged women to vote, and they assisted in training election observers to monitor the polls.
As we witness the creation of a new state, MADRE joins Zenab for Women in Development to call for an end to violence and for the inclusion of women’s voices in policy-making as both countries chart their paths forward.