Local NGO from east Sudan wins Equator prize for 2012

27 Mar 2012

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As a result of partnership with “Strengthening Access to Justice and Confidence Building in Eastern Sudan” Project, Zenab for Women in Development, which operates in Gedaref (Eastern Sudan), has won this year’s Equator Prize on the support of community work toward achieving the MDGs.

The Equator Initiative – a partnership led by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) that rewards communities around the world for the development and conservation. Initiative recognizes local community efforts that advance sustainable
development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.

The UNDP Sudan’s partnership with Zenab was established in 2011 by signing the Agreement between both organizations. The signed initiative has focused on the women empowerment, access to justice and fight against any forms of violence against women. Key achievements to date under this initiative are established legal aid centers, counseling services and gender based violence committees; community awareness raising campaigns covered more than 30,000 inhabitants of Gedaref; establishment of the training courses for women and young girls; initiation of the radio programme and etc.

Zenab among other winners met a majority criteria outlined by initiative, specifically:

  • Promoting rule of law and strengthening access to justice
  • Capacity building and Education for women and young girls
  • Improving the socio-economic status of women and youth
  • Establishing self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-managed communities based on
    principles of freedom, economic equality and social justice.

Zenab for Women in Development was founded in 2000 is focused to promote and empower the socio/economic and political status of women in Sudan throughadvocacy.

The organization which has distinguished itself as one of the successful NGOs in Gedaref has played important role in the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women. Through the established vocational/counseling/legal aid centers Zenab works to improve women and girls stand in various aspects of life, upgrade women capacities and put the women on the right path to achieve gender equality. It has resulted in higher enrolment numbers of school young girls, increased participation of women in the social, political life and economic development.

Zenab also works towards improving livelihoods of women and men in the operational areas through income generating activities. These include animal restocking, seed multiplication, bee keeping, husbandry, farming and gardening.

The UNDP Programme for Eastern Sudan advocating for change and connecting the region to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. From 2009 to 2011 UNDP deliveredaround 26.3 Million to East Sudan through 70 development projects.

As the leading agency, UNDP Sudan focuses on achieving the Millennium Development Goals, developing the capacity of local Government, promoting rule of law and enhancing access to justice, also UNDP improving security through the implementation of DDR, mine action and community security programme. UNDP partnership with Eastern States and Federal government, local and international NGOs as well as local communities are the key achievement to fulfill the needs of the people in Eastern Sudan.

Zenab for Women in Development as UNDP Equator Prize winner will receive a $5,000 USD award and a Certificate of Achievement which will be presented at the Equator Prize Award Ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012. In addition, Zenab will participate at the community meeting in conjunction with the Rio+20(United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development) events as recognized leaders in their field.