Following ten (10) months of horrific fighting in Sudan that have claimed thousands of lives, and led to enforced disappearances, forced evictions, and mass displacement; the people of Sudan are cut off from the outside world because of telecommunication outages, including disruptions to internet, calls, and data services.
On December 18th, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) invaded Gezira State and initiated a new phase of the ongoing conflict. Unlike in Khartoum, where upon outbreak of the war, active combat was initiated between the RSF and the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) within residential neighbourhoods, in Gezira the RSF entered the state swiftly and without much resistance or combat with the SAF, whose forces had quickly withdrawn from the region. While active combat was minimal in the state
We, the undersigned coalition of women’s rights organizations, women’s rights activists, and women human rights defenders in the Somali region, express our deep sadness and grave concern over the alarming increase of femicides across the Somali territories. The recent incidents in Hargeisa and Mogadishu, where three men brutally murdered their wives, with two of them killed by knives and one burned alive, shocked our collective conscience.
Since the onset of the Sudan crisis in April 2023, SIHA Network has trucked more than 104 cases of missing women and girls on social media, revealing a deeply troubling situation.
According to the latest update from the Sudanese Group for Victims of Enforced Disappearance in December 2023, out of the 842 civilians who have disappeared, 48 women and girls have been confirmed as forcibly disappeared. These stark numbers emphasize the urgent need for immediate action and justice to address the escalating disappearance crisis in Sudan.
Dear friends and colleagues,
We are excited to present the latest edition of the SIHA Network newsletter, highlighting our achievements during the second half of 2023. Despite the challenges of the past year, our collective efforts, supported by dedicated colleagues, partners, and allies in women’s movements globally, enabled us to overcome obstacles and persist in our mission. We are extremely grateful for your support and solidarity!
THERE CANNOT BE PEACE WITHOUT GENDER JUSTICE
Highlights from our inventions to strengthen women’s meaningful representation and participation in conflict and post conflict peace processes in the Greater Horn of Africa
Armed and civil conflicts in Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Somaliland not only continue to destabilize the states, but the Greater
THE 67TH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
ACHPR 75TH ORDINARY SESSION
SUDAN: STRENGTHENING WOMEN’S ROLE IN LOCAL PEACE EFFROTS
SOUTH SUDAN: ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS FOR FEMALE PRISONERS
SOMALI REGION: PROMOTING GENDER EQUALITY THROUGH SPORTS
ETHIOPIA: WOMEN GROUPS CONFRONT UNCHECKED GENDER BIASES IN FAMILY LAWS
SOUTH SUDAN: RATIFICATION OF THE MAPUTO PROTOCOL
UGANDA: NAKAWA MARKET WOMEN VENDORS SUCCESSFULLY LOBBIED FOR A CHILDCARE FACILITY
The current conflict in Sudan, which started on the 15th of April and has claimed over 4,000 lives, and has been characterized by high rates of SGBV, has also created a severe scarcity of menstrual products throughout the country.
Women and girls who have been displaced to other neighbourhoods, cities and states are usually forced to leave under gunfire and threats of sexual violence without carrying necessary dignity kits…