Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 April 2009

Darfur / UNAMID Daily Media Brief



Darfur / UNAMID Daily Media Brief



EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, April 30, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UNAMID Daily Media Brief / 29 April 2009

Security Situation in Darfur

The security situation in Darfur has been reported to be relatively calm;

UNAMID conducted 18 confidence building patrols, 30 escort patrols and 9 night patrols covering 33 villages/IDP Camps. Similarly UNAMID Police conducted 93 patrols in and around the IDP Camps and 32 patrols in and around villages.

Launching of cooperation between UNAMID and UNIFEM
Today the institutional cooperation between United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and UNAMID police was launched. The ceremony was attended by UNAMID Chief of Staff, Mr. John Almstrom, Deputy Police Commissioner, Elizabeth Muwanga the Regional Director for East and Horn Africa, Ms. Meryem Aslan and Representatives of the Government of Sudan Police. It was also attended by UNAMID police advisors, and other substantive sections of UNAMID.

In her remarks, the Police Deputy Commissioner, Mrs. Elizabeth Muwanga, said partnership with other UN agencies is one of the strategies implored by UNAMID Police in accomplishing their mandated activities. She reiterated that institutionalized partnership will enhance the achievements of harmonized and focused coordination of commonly shared values on safety, security, livelihood support and overall well being of IDP particularly women.

On his part, Mr. Almstrom thanked the both UNAMID police and UNIFEM for their initiative and encouraging example to help the people and women in Darfur. He thanked the representatives of the Government of Sudan for their cooperation and other UN Agencies that were present at the ceremony including Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP).

UNIFEM Regional Director, Meryem Aslan urged both parties to enhance gender equality, raise the profile of women and address issues relating to all forms of discrimination against women particularly in conflict situations.  

UNAMID Police is mandated to assist in harnessing the capacity of women to participate in the peace process including, through political representation, economic empowerment and protection from sexual and gender based violence. It is to this end that UNAMID police and UNIFEM join hands in supporting innovative actions to: bringing the Darfur peace Agreement back on track by facilitating collective response and participation by all parties to the Agreement, to include gender equality in representation and participation in the Darfur peace process; support and facilitate an enabling environment for women’s equal and meaningful representation and participation in the Darfur peace process; and create community awareness measures, confidence, security and a life free of violence and also approach issues on education of women and rule of law.  


United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)


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