Caught in the Crossfire: Sudanese Women’s Struggle for Peace

Since violence erupted between Sudan’s army and the paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on April 15, mass atrocities against civilian targets have surged leading to nearly four million displaced within and out of the country. The crisis continues to escalate with no end in sight, and women, girls, and vulnerable communities are being disproportionately impacted. Despite continued security threats, dire humanitarian conditions, and the prevailing climate of impunity, Sudanese women remain resilient. Having long led the fight for a free and just Sudan, they continue to work, at great personal risk, for a better future.

On Wednesday, September 6, leaders from Sudan and global policymakers discussed the ongoing conflict in Sudan, the role of women leaders on the frontlines, and the way forward for advancing international action.

Speakers included:

Amb. Monica Juma
National Security Advisor to the President of Kenya

Adjaratou Fatou Ndiaye
UN Women Country Representative in Sudan

Dr. Mohamed Eisa
Secretary General, Sudanese American Physicians Association

Hala Al-Karib
Regional Director, Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA)

Safaa Adam
President, Community Development for Sudan

Moderated by Amb. Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

This event was hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and the Walsh School of Foreign Service African Studies Program.