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Increasing Access to Justice and Holistic Services for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in Sudan

Overview

The Women and Girls Empowered (WAGE) program's Increasing Access to Justice and Holistic Services for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Sudan was a multi-disciplinary program aimed at improving prevention and response to GBV and violent extremism (VE) in Sudan. The program worked to strengthen civil society organizations’ (CSOs) commitment and capacity to provide holistic, survivor-centered services to women affected by GBV and VE and to understand and address potential linkages, if any, between GBV and VE. Led by the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) with technical support from Search for Common Ground, the program utilized an integrated approach to enhancing key stakeholders’ capacity. ​

Women’s organizations in Sudan have the potential to transform the landscape for and represent the interests of women in Sudan, but many organizations lack resources or capacity to do so. WAGE believes that if Sudanese lawyers and civil society actors have increased commitment and capacity to provide holistic services to women affected by GBV and VE; to understand and address GBV and VE through community-driven initiatives; and to understand the linkages, if any, between GBV and VE, then women and girls will be better protected from GBV and VE, and impunity for GBV will decrease.

The program's two goals were: 

  • Empower women-focused CSOs and women leaders to address GBV and VE through community-driven initiatives.
  • Enhance GBV service provider capacity and increase access to quality response services for GBV survivors.
Lead Implementors

- American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI)

- Search for Common Ground

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