In the Blue Nile State (BNS), Sudan, women have been considerably affected by the civil war. At the same time and due to traditional and cultural factors, politics and decision making processes in the BNS are historically restricted to men. PeaceQuest International (PQI) is conducting this project in collaboration with Babekir Bedri Scientific Association For Women Studies (BBSAWS), a local civil organisation in the BNS. The project aims to include and empower women to play a leading role in the democratic transformation and the development process in the BNS. The project also aims to promote and encourage women to participate in order to promote human rights, democracy, health and gender equality. The project begins with an exploratory pilot study.


Specific objectives

The specific objectives of this exploratory pilot study are:

(i) How to include women to be part of the political transformation in the MNS. enhanceequality and relations in regard to natural resource management;

(ii) How PQI and BBSOFW as a local partner can collaborate to affect positively gender roles and relations to use land and forest resources at household and community levels in a way that contribute to sustainable peace;

(iii) To discuss with local partner members how access to control and use of land and forest resources affect the livelihoods of women and men;

(iv) See how women and men could be integrated into sustainable management of natural resources, based on their roles, relations and needs;

(v) To identify the practical and strategic needs of different gender groups in relation to access, control and use regarding these natural resources; and

(vi) how PQI and the local partner can collaborate to build local capacity regarding ways in which gender issues and considerations could be mainstreamed into local national resource management (NRM) and development activities.



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The 29-30th November 2012 PeaceQuest International and KYA (Khmer Youth Association) held a workshop at HARGAR Restaurant locate on Street 310, House # 44, Sangkat Boeung Keng Kang I, Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh.

The workshops brought together diverse humanitarian partners to debate openly and critically the humanitarian response and coordination mechanisms, with the aim of learning lessons and improving response and accountability regarding the Fair Trade and Sustainable Development in relations with the principle of human right and democracy. Part of the workshop was focused on analysing the political and socio-economic context in which we work, and building scenarios for the coming development trend. We discussed the humanitarian consequences of the context, i.e. people’s needs, and agreed on priorities for sustainable development and fair trade. The workshop brought into account the roles and responsibilities of key humanitarian actors, i.e. who could do what to address priority needs, as well as addressed advocacy for fair trade and demonstrate the sustainable development conceptual, which can have an impact on humanitarian response.

Scene from PeaceQuest Workshop on Fairtrade in Phnom Penh, Cambodia during 29-30 December 2012. Outcome and Result are 4 project proposalt for Faritrade promotion in 4 Region of Cambodia; Kampon Cham, Kampong Som, Battsngbang and Siemens Reap. PeaceQuest, KYA(Khmer Youth Association are partners. Funded by forum Syd.



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Myanmar (Burma)

PeaceQuest International, PQI, is planning to run a development project together with partner organization Burmese Womens Union BWU in Burma. The objective of the planned project is to strengthen women’s participation in the democratic movement of Burma. The target group is women and adolescent girls in three regions in Burma where BWU is located. Activities will be focused on education and training. The result of the project is that groups of young women will have increased knowledge about gender equality, womens rights and democracy and will thereby have an important role in the democratic development of the Burmese civil society. BWU and PQI will plan and design the project and following points of interest will be in focus; identify location, identify target group, identify relevant method, identify resource persons, identify potential participation of other NGOs in the region and identify models for monitoring.

Aims and Objective:

 To empower the status of women of Burma

 To efficiently increase the contribution of women in the struggle for

democracy and human rights and establishment of a genuine democratic federal


 To advocate for a the acceptance and exercise of women rights in Burmese

society according to the standard recognized internationally

 To use women’s capacity to establish stable peace and long term

development in the society in future Burma.


The PQI and BWU partner relation

BWU and PQI is having a partner relation since 2011. The two organization’s have in

common similar experience in the work of promote peace, human rights and

PQI has years of experience from engagements in peace and democracy building. The

regular work of PQI is usually based on facilitation of workshops. PQI will coordinate the

project and be a resource in facilitation of seminars and workshops. Our experiences will

be shared as well as PQI will share the experience of the participants.



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