Sweden to fund placement of seven gender experts in Sudanese government ministries
Sweden has agreed with the government of Sudan and UN Women to promote gender equality within the Sudanese administration through the 'Strengthening the Gender Architecture' initiative. The initiative will recruit seven gender experts to work as advisors in six separate Sudanese ministries, including the Prime Minister's office and the Ministry of Finance.
"The agreement is a way of clearly marking our support for the new government and also complements the work that Sida is already doing on women's rights in Sudan. The operation was facilitated by Sudan's women being at the forefront of the revolution that ultimately brought down President Bashir's brutal military dictatorship”, says Susanne Mannberg, Program Officer at the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (Sida) at the Swedish Embassy in Khartoum.
Sudan’s transitional government aims to strengthen democracy and human rights and combat discrimination against women. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok recently annulled a controversial law that severely restricted the rights of Sudanese women.
Through its official development assistance (ODA) to Sudan, Sweden supports education to reduce sexual violence, female genital cutting, and child marriage; efforts to change norms and behaviors that restrict women; and initiatives to strengthen women’s and children's rights, including women's empowerment.