UN Women supporting National Efforts of the Transitional Government in Sudan
Transforming the Economy to account for Women in their different intersectionalities
Date: Sunday, September 6, 2020
As part of the preparatory workshops of the National Economic Conference, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, in partnership with UN Women, UNFPA and women’s groups organized a two-day workshop on Economy and Gender at the Bureau of Economic and Social Research on 5th-6th September 2020.
The workshop was opened by Ms. Lina Elsheikh Minster of Labor and Social Development, Ms. Fatma Abdelkarim From UN Women, Dr. Matin Ahmed Shahin, Deputy Representative of the UNFPA, and Mr. Alsideeg Alsadig Almahdi, representative of the Economic Committee at the Forces of Freedom and Change. Prof Intisar Elzain Sagairon, Minister of Higher Education, Mr. Naser Aldeen Mufrih, Minister of Endowment and religion affairs, and Mr. Abdelgadir Tirkawi, Acting Minister of Agriculture were also present in the opening session.
In her opening statement, Her Excellency stated that she remains committed to advance the agenda of gender equality and empowerment of women and will take forward the outcome of this workshop as an integral part of the ministry’s work in the gender and economy area. UN Women stated that this event is a landmark event that constitutes a major qualitative leap in the gender and Economy domain in Sudan. For gender to be recognized in a National Economic Conference and as part of the National formal preparatory sectorial workshops to the National economic conference while also being mainstreamed across the other 12 sectorial workshops demonstrates the level at which gender is being taken seriously and indeed demonstrates the strong commitment of the gender machinery and the Transitional government to realizing gender equality and rights of women from macroeconomic to microeconomic domains and processes. This effort is only the beginning, UN Women remains committed to support the Gender machinery and transitional government to transform the economy so that it accounts for women. “Gender equality and empowerment of women is an integral part of the transition and democratic and economic transformation agenda and the transitional government is committed to advance the gender equality agenda among which is the gender equality in the economic domain”, she added.